Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset

Sunset – it’s like a daily reset button
don quichote's fight vs. the windmills...
photo by Frizztext

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looking at those windmills I always remember the fight of Don Quixote vs. the windmills!

The Spanish legendary author Miguel de Cervantes wrote his story about Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza, the master of doubts. And mainly this was a book about the importance of DOUBT. Cervantes knew: it could be dangerous, to fight as a hero without any doubts – that is his everlasting message. He was the forerunner of all people, who are warning, that individuals, communities or systems sometimes live a complete lie – and therefore will meet their catastrophe in their very end.
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English is not my native language, but it is my great wish, to share some of my (at first German) essays with the world – so please, if you have a little time, help me to correct sentences with mistakes…

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Honoré Daumier

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MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

1575 Cervantes embarked for the umpteenth time (the Spanish king fought with his ships against Arabian kings) in the Mediterranean area, but this time he was captured by a Turkish ship and was brought as a prisoner of war to Algiers, where Cervantes spent five years in dungeon custody.

In his novel we can find a fragment, where the hero Don Quixote frees a procession of galley prisoners. This chapter for example had been written with the author’s knowledge of his own real time of captivity. For five months Spain’s enemies put Cervantes in iron chains to break his will. But Cervantes managed a strike of twenty-five thousand prisoners of war. So Spain’s enemies felt glad, when the king of Spain paid a large sum of gold, to set him free.

Back in Spain Cervantes wrote his story about Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza, the master of doubts. And mainly this is a book about the importance of DOUBT. Cervantes knew: it could be dangerous, to fight as a hero without any doubts – that is his everlasting message.

He was the forerunner of all people, who are warning, that individuals, communities or systems sometimes live a complete lie – and therefore will meet their catastrophe in their very end.

But Cervantes is giving this message with humor – compare, on the other hand, the serious atmosphere of the elder parts of the bible!

The ironic Odyssey of Miguel de Cervantes therefore belongs in the phalanx of the most important cultural products in the history of Old Europe…
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