Scars and Stars
Don Quixote, a quiet middle-aged country
gentleman, somewhat mentally deranged, set out in a second-handed suit of rusty
armor to roam the world and set right whatever wrongs he might run into, all in
the name of social justice and personal honor. His quest was “...to live in the
world as it is traversed by man as he ought to be.” After a series of misadventures, Quixote dies
as the author says, “having gained his reason and lost his reasons for living.”
The misadventures of Quixote and his sidekick,
Sancho Panza are comical and misguided.
We cannot take the mad Don's exploits seriously, but we can't help but be
inspired by his courage to live his life passionately no matter what others
It is that passion I choose to take away
from Cervantes' story. We can't ignore the presence of evil in our world today,
nor can we pretend human suffering is not real. We need to change our focus.
There is a darkness of the spirit that will take control if we but let it. But
the light of healing and wholeness has not gone out. The power of love and
compassion still burns brightly and that is where we should focus. Instead of
turning and running away from that which threatens to devour us, we must
realize that we have the power to take hold of the spirit that allows us to
take charge of our own destiny and act accordingly. Let others keep score. We
will keep the dream alive.
In the time that I have I am determined to “to
follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far and dream the
My suffering will not define me, my
Actually, I find that reasonable.