Melissa and I just attended a fabulous production of Man of La Mancha at the Light Opera Works Theater in Evanston. In it’s signature song, Don Quixote explains his quest and the reasons behind it. In doing so, he captures the essence of the play and its philosophical underpinnings, and defines another life in crescendo.

The Impossible Dream

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
To fight for the right, without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
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

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