There is a line in Apocalypse Now, right after a few scenes about Willard's musings on his strange attachment to Vietnam. When he was in the jungle, he wanted to be home. When he was back home, all he could think about was the jungle. And now, in Saigon, his obsession with being at one with the darkness of the jungle, with not just stalking the enemy but becoming one with the enemy was all-consuming. Willard had made 'Nam his personal pusher, and he was willing to pay the price for his habit. So the boys from HQ finally show up, ready to offer Willard what he wanted most and probably hated most: a mission. They found him in his room, everything torn apart, in a drunken, hung-over haze. When he got himself cleaned up and off to HQ, he reflected: "Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one. Brought it up to me like room service. It was a real choice mission, and when it was over, I'd never want another." I'm interested in the line in bold. How does this compare to the (overused) saying "You can't always get what you want"? Or, would "be careful what you wish for" be more familiar territory? What branch of philosophy would Willard's statement reflect? What is the basis for saying "Everyone gets everything he wants"? Is it a commentary on manifest destiny as it relates to human thought and action? The more we think on something, the more we make it a part of our psyche, the more we attract it into our lives? I'd appreciate any insight.