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Fighting Windmills

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People in this movement will know exactly what i mean with this, odds against us seem more then insurmountable, we seem to loose 10 for every win, our chances of actually pulling this off seem less then zero, yet we keep on fighting, like a bunch of Don Quijotes we keep charging the windmills, getting wrecked every time, then getting up and charging again. Seems kind of pointless right? So why do we keep doing it?

Simple, this are not your normal windmills, they are not grinding wheat into flour, they are in fact grinding people, millions of innocent people. In such a situation can one really give up, even when the fight seems pointless, even when you do not seem to be making any progress, even when you get wrecked every time, the very knowledge of what is going on inside those windmills makes you get up, dust up, and charge again, for a tiny minuscule chance that this time, you can stick your spear in the mechanism and stop it from doing its gruesome job.

And people look on you and laugh, they call you a fool, an extremist even, they say you are mad to even try stopping the gears, all you do is get caught by the wings and smashed on the ground over and over again.

But they did not see what goes on inside, they are perfectly happy living in the general vicinity of this windmills, blissfully oblivious of their true purpose, day in and day out.

Until one day they find themselves inside one of those windmills, and they are tied to the grinding stone, at which point all they can do is hope without hope that you will manage to stick that spear in those gears, because they themselves are completely incapable of doing any damn thing about it.

If the fight is indeed hopeless, and there is no chance of winning it, well that is fine, but i personally would rather go down fighting then wait for my turn on that grinding stone.
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  1. voidspawn's Avatar
    The windmills sound like a good metaphor for marriage > divorce > family court > alimony slavery > death.

    In the story of Don Quixote, it's good to also look at Sancho Panza, he's loyal servant who becomes his squire when his master's delusion makes him become the knight errant.

    If Don Quixote represents a man trying to live an impossible dream and defeat impossible odds, Sancho Panza represents every other man.

    His job is to deal with reality, to protect the dreamer and the dream. His greatest strength is continuance. His loyalty isn't blind, but built on an unwillingness to see a glorious fool fall, he sees reality but gains a modicum of relief from it from his master's deluded eyes and the promise of adventure.

    I think Sancho is a reminder that men are built upon men. Men are the foundation of themselves and of society, sanity and progress. The dreamers may see a future, but the builders make it real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voidspawn
    The windmills sound like a good metaphor for marriage > divorce > family court > alimony slavery > death.

    In the story of Don Quixote, it's good to also look at Sancho Panza, he's loyal servant who becomes his squire when his master's delusion makes him become the knight errant.

    If Don Quixote represents a man trying to live an impossible dream and defeat impossible odds, Sancho Panza represents every other man.

    His job is to deal with reality, to protect the dreamer and the dream. His greatest strength is continuance. His loyalty isn't blind, but built on an unwillingness to see a glorious fool fall, he sees reality but gains a modicum of relief from it from his master's deluded eyes and the promise of adventure.

    I think Sancho is a reminder that men are built upon men. Men are the foundation of themselves and of society, sanity and progress. The dreamers may see a future, but the builders make it real.
    Perhaps, but what i had in mind was more broad in this case, my metaphor was prompted, as usual, by several unrelated things happening in short timespan, and several revelations i had recently. The gist of it is, as someone capable of feeling other people´s pain as my own, there is really not an option for me to "give up", even when the odds are insurmountable, because as much as fighting can cause one to suffer, standing idly by is what causes disproportionately more suffering, besides that, anguish from fighting a hopeless battle barely registers.
  3. voidspawn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Perhaps, but what i had in mind was more broad in this case, my metaphor was prompted, as usual, by several unrelated things happening in short timespan, and several revelations i had recently. The gist of it is, as someone capable of feeling other people´s pain as my own, there is really not an option for me to "give up", even when the odds are insurmountable, because as much as fighting can cause one to suffer, standing idly by is what causes disproportionately more suffering, besides that, anguish from fighting a hopeless battle barely registers.
    Aye that's a good point. Not the same as a 'won't take it any more', 'cornered rat' nor even 'nothing left to lose' nor just reaching a point that if you don't it will inevitably get worse. It's more like the perfect storm of all them coming together.