I'll never forget when my Social Studies 9 teacher told me every teacher knows students only use "etc." in a paper when they're out of ideas but want it to seem like they have loads more. I've never used it simply for that reasons
Does it, hell?! We lose our minds to find our souls, our hearts remain untainted. We lose the mind that we were taught before; we unlearn the wrong, and are retaught what is right. The the head and heart speak the same, and that is how you find your soul.