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Know Jack #436 Still Crazy

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?  Too much sanity may be madness…and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” ~Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote.


Don Quixote was a dreamer and an impractical one at that. There’s nothing strange about that combination. Who dreams of things as they are? Few people do things that alter the course of the world. A great many of those who do so change it by the evil they inject into life.


The good news is that there lies in us the ability to dream of things as they should be and the opportunity to turn those dreams into reality. I may not change the world, but I have the ability to change my world. The people Don Quixote encountered thought him mad because he lived his dream. Every defeat gave way to a new determination to sally forth into acting out his dreams.


If we cling to our dreams in the face of this hostile world, those who cannot share our dreams will certainly think us insane. Dreams will always be beyond our reach. Dreams are woven from a fabric of ideals, those strange notions that make for a perfect world.


I am convinced that all clear thinking in the universe begins with two facts. First, that perfect people are needed for a perfect world, and we are meant to be those people. The other fact is, we are not those people. Something has gone terribly wrong with us. Dreams are visions of the solution.


The person mad enough to live their life as it should be, a life of dreams, is the sanest person on earth. That Cervantes’ dreamer died not knowing that fact is the truly tragic part of this tragic comedy.



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