Quixote


Don Quixote De La Mancha and his Squire Sancho Panza
"On the plains of La Mancha the pair spotted a cluster of huge windmills. Quixote instantly declared them to be giants, and, despite Sancho's protests, charged on them with lowered lance. The great arms of a windmill caught the knight and his steed and sent them both rolling. Quixote blamed the disaster on the work of a magician, who must have changed the giants into windmills 'in order to deprive me of the glory of overcoming them.'"
The adjective "quixotic" comes from the character. Defined: "Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality."


As I get older, I keep learning--usually the hard way--to pick my battles a little more wisely. That I can't fix everything and that more often than not, no matter how honest you try to be, there's always going to be people who are willing to lie and screw you over for the sake of furthering their own agendas.
As a close friend once wrote...
"You simply have to accept that things are rarely fair or equal in this mortal world... those who have an acute sense of fairness and equality are some of the most frustrated people I know. You are stuck in this telestial world that doesn't care for these principles, so all I can say is, get over it... [but] this bad news is no excuse to give up and not to work for fairness, justice, and equality."
....................-----Lawrence D. Gardner, Best Kept Secrets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
This admonition was an extremely difficult concept for me to embrace. I've always tried so very hard to make sure that people and situations were treated fairly, often without success, but I think I'm coming around to making peace with the fact that most things will almost never go our way. I do believe that this is a just universe. I believe in Karma to the degree that its precepts are in harmony with my own spiritual beliefs. I also believe that we will almost never see justice served in this life but I'm confidant that we will in the next. In the words of Martin Luther King, "Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
....................Joseph L. Puente
....................January 1, 2007

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