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  •  As I am a pseudo-intellect, as I've never read Don (3+ / 0-)
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    Dragon5616, shari, wonderful world

    Quixote, nor seen Man of La Mancha. However, like a good pseudo-intellect, I know enough about the story to form an opinion. This was a man who was defeated by his idealism. And that's the way I've always related to him.

    When I was in my 20's, my uncle, who was an artist, got divorced and asked my friends and I to help him move. When we were done, he told us to select one of his paintings as payment. I selected the painting of Don Quixote in defeat, with Sancho Panza propping him up. I wanted it as a reminder of how my idealism may hinder my stated goals. My uncle didn't want to give it to me because it was one in a series of three. I told him, being very honest, that it was the only one I wanted, and I was happy to help him without being compensated. I loved my uncle, and I was being sincere. No coercion intended. Well, the painting now hangs in my living room. My uncle loved me also. I don't think I ever saw the third one, but there was a beautiful one that hung in his house with Quixote (pronounced Quiks-oat) astride a gleaming white horse.

    Perhaps your excellent diary has inspired me to read the book. I say "perhaps" because I can't remember the last time I read a book. Thanks for trying to inspire.

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