The poetic justice was obvious, and I was ready to incorporate the story into mine, to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the political landscape around medical issues, and the demonizing of illness, making it into some Biblical or New Age Law of Attraction bullshit. Shoddy reporting helps no one, and making people whose political ideas you may not agree with into hyperbolic monsters reduces credibility, creates mutual antagonism, and is part of why America is divided.
There is an epidemic of thoughts and prayers in America. It seems the more politicians think and pray, the more school shootings happen, the more places of worship get gunned and burned down, and the more people die. Maybe to reverse this trend, politicians need to stop sending their thoughts and quit praying, and instead begin doing their jobs: defending the commonweal against those who would sacrifice it for profit. Driving, no matter how you slice it, takes more energy than public transportation, so getting people on high-quality and convenient public transportation, is a sustainability priority.
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Unsurprising, however, is that many of the bluechip environmental groups, like Sierra Club, oppose higher density housing zoning near transit centers because their members may be negatively affected by, say, decreased property values from higher density. Such self-serving agendas are understandable, if misguided. Those who got in early in a housing rush, enjoy their peace and privacy, and higher density changes the feel of the neighborhood.
On the other hand, a commitment to sustainability, which really means finding a livable way to continue business as usual as much as possible without too much discomfort like cataclysmic climate change , requires simple measures like smart zoning in order to make it happen. The very notion of a transition town, or a sustainable city is based on accessible public transportation.
Sustainability means that we all make some small sacrifices now in order to prevent much larger ones down the road. Sharing the sacrifice is a fundamental principle of democratic societies. For too long, women, people of color, and the poor have had to make sacrifices living further from work, paying more than half of their paycheck in rent, etc.
Having mixed neighborhoods is a small but important gesture from those who comprise well-funded environmental groups. Overcoming internal resistance to change will allow greater accessibility for those in need of convenient housing. It is effective because it obviates the need for a car. Sustainable cities are resilient because they have redundancy more than one way to get to work , flexibility if one option is closed, take the other , diversity, and slack abundance, more than enough niches for everyone.
California can achieve this much better with more environmentally-sound zoning. One can only hope that the major, private donor-funded environmental orgs can get on the right side of history. Homer Boushey makes the claim that children brought up with pets inherit some of their protective microbes that mitigate against developing allergies.
While certainly the science on exposing human children and adult humans to other forms of life soundly concludes that microorganism transfer is on the whole necessary for healthy mind and body development, owning life for the instrumental good of health is quite a quixotic mission. Destroying the planet and then importing charismatic genetically-altered through breeding now, later through genetic engineering cute critters that bypass our evolutionary instincts for fear by mirroring the oversized eyes of babies and other exaggerated features, is like getting silicon peck implants instead of actually doing manual labor to help society.
It puts a natural symbiotic process into the realm of money—the financialization of nature. This devalues nature as such, and sees pets in terms of their use value for boosting infant immune systems. Such a logic is hopelessly backwards. Etymology: In 14th c. In Eng. The etymological sing.
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Armour for protecting the front part of the thighs; in sing. If you trace it back far enough, the English and the Spanish come from the same place. This comes from the Latin coxa meaning hip. So Spanish quijote and English cuisse came from the same place, albeit via different routing ours came via Norman French. Why the middle-aged country gentleman from dusty La Mancha should have chosen, upon taking up the mantle of a knight-errant, to rename himself for the piece of armor that defends the vulnerable thigh from harm is itself a fascinating point of contemplation, but not especially germane to the current question.
It is, however, central to how he conceived of himself — which is.
Hombre que antepone sus ideales a su conveniencia y obra desinteresada y comprometidamente en defensa de causas que considera justas, sin conseguirlo. And quixotic still means that. Nothing great was ever achieved by aiming low. Some battles are worth fighting for, fighting for with all our heart and mind and soul and body, even all the while knowing that in the end we must ultimately fall in that battle, that we must in the end inescapably fail forever.
To dream the impossible dream, To fight the unbeatable foe, To bear with unbearable sorrow, To run where the brave dare not go.
To right the unrightable wrong, To love pure and chaste from afar, To try when your arms are too weary, To reach the unreachable star. This is my quest, to follow that star: No matter how hopeless, no matter how far.
And the world will be better for this: That one man scorned and covered with scars, Still strove with his last ounce of courage To reach the unreachable star. That song, you will note, ends on a very high note, musically reminding us of ad astra per aspera. Now you tell me : does that sound positive or negative?
There is only one possible answer that allows life to continue, and that must surely be that it must be positive. Otherwise we should all just give up right now and die, since we know how our story ends. Life itself is quixotic: we cannot prevail in the end. In the end, all hopes must fail, and fall we surely shall. Indeed, it is knowing that we must ultimately fail that gives us fools the most reason to rush in where angels fear to tred: to try all the harder, to run all the farther, to aim all the higher — that the world might be better for this.
Something quixotic is simultaneously ambitiously idealistic and hopelessly unrealistic. Context, context, context! It all depends on the point of view of the person using the term. They could be admiring someone for doggedly fighting the windmills despite the overwhelming odds against winning, or they could be assigning the label of "fool" to someone who should just give up. As tchrist says Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. The definition for quixotic given by Merriam-Webster is: hopeful or romantic in a way that is not practical foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action capricious, unpredictable [.
Allen Allen 91 1 1 silver badge 6 6 bronze badges. The answer is yes, as tchrist points out in detail. Yes, it can have a positive or negative connotation. Quixote wasn't a fool. Possibly insane, though. Quixote tribe? If you aren't concerned with the negative connotations in "foolishly unrealistic" then I certainly wouldn't worry about quixotic.
It's very positive on a Scrabble board! On the quixotic — and the Quijote Is quixotic positive or negative, you ask. But he still hasn't received an apology from Fashion Bug for calling him a panty fetishist. In the meantime, Craig would like to be allowed back into the shopping plaza where the Kmart also is , as the shopping in Fulton is somewhat limited. He would also like very much to be booked on Howard Stern's show. Is Craig a quixotic genius? He has, in the past, protested unfair late fees at his local video store, and recently, he had a little problem with a grill he bought at Kmart. According to one source, he once picketed a neighbor.
Whatever he is, he's not alone. Hundreds have shared his impossible dream online. Internet complaint sites have been flourishing for years, though Craig was unaware of them. In , Jeremy Dorosin of Pinole, Calif. Dorosin retaliated by taking out several full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal, hanging anti-Starbucks signs from the San Francisco Bay Bridge, creating a now-famous protest site, Starbucked, and writing a book about his experiences and the profound spiritual changes they brought about in his life.
It's estimated that at least half of all Fortune companies have inspired complaint sites, many of them created by dissatisfied customers with a very personal bone to pick. Hatch no relation to the eponymous "Survivor" survivor after a store in Bangor, Maine, banned him from buying his toys in bulk. David Felton of Hartford, Conn.
Of course, most consumer activism focuses on product safety, labor conditions and environment responsibility; but who, when it comes right down to it, has the courage -- or the time -- to avenge the petty grievances, the little disappointments, the little crappy things that break?