Posted April 16, 2017 06:31 pm

Don Quixote Folks

     There is a phenomenon which is not new and that is some people are on political or spiritual or other types of missions which they think are from God Himself or other types of missions and they are so blind to people telling them otherwise that they go ahead with their call.  They are like modern day Don Quixotes.

     It is the vulnerable and those who are abused by these people who make a difference in Topeka.  They go on despite being hurt and they don't curse anyone for their afflictions.  They take the wounds and they go on.  There are groups of people which some call, "victim groups," which I think is a terrible term because they truly are victims.  However, they rise above.

     Those with diseases like mental illness rise above every day.  Faced with stigma and discrimination they fight to have dignity, respect, and compassion.  Abused children are another group that rises above.  African-Americans are another group.  The disabled are another group.  Women are another group.  All of these groups are hurt in some way by people who think they are doing a good thing by telling them how to behave or by controlling their lives.  And yet these groups rise above.  They triumph in the face of hate.

     Everyone has something they have to rise above.  So this blog entry is dedicated to those who rise above every day which may mean hate or discrimination or stigma or control and hurt.  Those who rise above the Don Quixotes are those who make a huge difference in Topeka.  And yes, they are people who care.

ALAN LUNN 6 months ago
"Don Quixote, the hero of this novel...dreams up a romantic ideal world which he believes to be real, and acts on this idealism, which most famously leads him into imaginary fights with windmills that he regards as giants..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quixotism

For instance: Kris Kobach's crusade against voting rights in the guise of protecting the American people from voter "fraud" (a knight in shining armor) is a glaring example of "tilting at windmills" (aiming the lance at imaginary enemies). 

It is the policies that arise from this alternate view of the world which causes its champions to make the fatal mistake of trampling over the marginalized and the disenfranchised.  It should in no way be confused with Christianity; yet it is.  Unfortunately, it is now in full power of our three branches of government in Washington, and how to effectively resist it is not abundantly clear as yet.  Power has been taken from the people.

Maybe many Americans who voted for Trump are a bit like Don Quixote's sidekick Sancho, who, during the course of the adventures, becomes more like Don.  That is, he goes from a practical realism to the alternate reality of his knight leader. He begins to prefer the fiction.

Trump followers now overlook Trump's constant gaffes and distortions -- and even his cluelessness -- as he sees himself as a kind of savior who, using fantasies to guide him, aims the lance of power at imagined enemies. 


Dennis Beckmann 6 months ago
Alan, you statement about Koch tilting at windmills with voter fraud is incorrect and thus a falsehood. It would have been true if there has been no voter fraud found, but there was fraud found.
Kitty Persson 6 months ago
Groups???
I belong to just one...human beings.
Separating people out and labeling them "marginalized" or "victimized" does nothing but play on their vulnerabilities (we all have them) does nothing but perpetuate more of the same.  Since humans have been on this planet, there have been those who, for whatever reason, have sought to condemn and belittle others.  That mindset will continue as long as we are...human and all the social justice programs in existence will not shield one from the other.
That is realville.  The most I as the human being that I am can do is to confront it and call it out when I see it and I refuse to be lumped into some group by social justice warriors and sent to some safe space for protection from the world's meanies.