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According to Cervantes why did Don Quixote's "brain dry up" and he lose his wits? Because he read too many books on chivalry; he got too wrapped up in them, too captivated by their high and obscure phrases and language, too wound up in trying to disentangle their meaning and understand their difficult and complicated passages (See Don Quixote, Penguin Classics p. 31, 32). Isn't this something that happens to many people in many ways? Don't many people become enchanted by, and then enslaved by, high sounding language? How about radical religious groups? How about the evangelical fundamentalists? How about political radicals (such as the Communists)? Doesn't this happen to anyone that embraces a rigid, complicated and obscure doctrine? Aren't there many types of "little worlds" that people become charmed into, in one way or another, and then finally penned up in, and slaves to? How about those who become so engrossed in the world of Mathematics, or Chemistry, or the world of some other science or highly technical discipline? How about the person with emotional problems whose mind keeps revolving over and over on his own problems? Isn't it very common for a person to become so involved in one thing that he loses his perspective and balance of outlook? In fact, don't we all tend to become mesmerized into certain ways of thinking, certain outlooks, attitudes, values, etc. by such things as TV, radio, movies, newspapers, schools, government propanda, etc.? Feb 1981 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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