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Watching our new president take on the greedy CEOs, raging republicans and all the sordid demons that plague our land, I couldn’t help but think of another unlikely champion who dared to fight against impossible odds — Don Quixote, Cervantes’ gallant Lord of La Mancha, the defender of the destitute and the slayer of windmills.

I do hope our modern-day knight errant keeps the faith like the 17th century Don; but unlike the legendary Spaniard, I hope his quest will not end in madness.
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And maddest of all…

to see life as it is

and not as it should be!

Click on the image to see Peter O’Toole recite this memorable soliloquy from the movie production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha.

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Life as it is.

I have lived for over forty years,

and I’ve seen…

life as it is.

Pain…

misery…

cruelty beyond belief.

I’ve heard all the voices of God’s noblest creature.

Moans from bundles of filth in the street.

I’ve been a soldier and a slave.

I’ve seen my comrades fall in battle…

or die more slowly under the lash in Africa.

I’ve held them at the last moment.

These were men who saw life as it is.

Yet they died despairing.

No glory, no brave last words.

Only their eyes, filled with confusion…

questioning why.

I do not think they were asking why they were dying…

but why they had ever lived.

When life itself seems lunatic,

who knows where madness lies?

Perhaps to be too practical is madness.

To surrender dreams, this may be madness.

To seek treasure where there is only trash…

too much sanity may be madness!

And maddest of all…

to see life as it is

and not as it should be!

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