Day 26 of Write31Days:
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams – -this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! And maddest of all – to see life as it is and not as it should be! – Man of La Mancha, Dale Wasserman
This is another amazing quote I heard back in high school, when we read the book “Man of La Mancha” by Dale Wasserman and watched the 1964 film. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the musical inspired by the 17th century novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Whereas Don Quixote is about one man’s fight to find meaning and love in his life while protecting the innocent, Man of La Mancha, is a tell of what is means to hold on to dreams – regardless of society’s pressures.
There have always been controversy over whether Don Quixote was just insane and should have been put away, or whether he is an inspiration to continuing to make the world has you wish it to be. If you haven’t guessed, I’m in the latter camp. To me, the quote above reminds me to keep my visions alive and follow my dreams, whether or not others follow.
It reminds me of the uber-famous Gandhi quote of “being the change you want to see in the world.” After all, what better way to be the change than to see the life as it should be and thus make it so. Just as Steve Jobs envisioned a world of iPhones and iPads, not to mention Apple Watches! And although I must admit, I’m more an Android girl here, can you imagine our lives today without his tenacity in pursuing his dreams? I can’t.
Therefore, what is maddest of all? Allowing your dreams to be swept away by the “real world” as from the quote of yesterday, or to fight the impossible fight and create what you want to see in the world? I know what I’d choose.
Over to you – what is madness for you? Where do you let your dreams be overrun by reality?
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