I have received a message indicating that my thesis proposal has been accepted, as is, and that I may proceed with the project.
To my *great* shock, I have one month to complete it. ( !!??!! )
One. (Somewhere along the line, I had gotten the insane idea that I had two years to complete this paper. ONE. MONTH. !
All questions of worthiness, topic, and nearly everything else have been set aside and I am working hard to get this done properly ... and within the time constraints set by the committee.
Many, many thanks to my long time Martial Arts training partner, fellow 'person of Scottish ancestry,' brother-in-arms, and friend of 24 years for pointing me in the proper direction, and helping me to rein in all of the unskillful thoughts so that I could step off immediately and get started with useful work... thereby avoiding the time wasting useless activity of casting about for some way to approach a very large question.
I (luckily) have a great deal of research data compiled that can be used to write this paper (this topic has long been of interest to me... and this is not the first such paper I have been called upon to write, so, at least I am somewhat ahead of the power curve on that part of it..!)
Now there is nothing left but to get to it!!