Show Business: Victory by Ridicule

A stubborn idealist who was often destitute and at least once excommunicated, Miguel de Cervantes was in and out of jail as he worked on Spain's greatest classic, Don Quixote, published in 1605. Like his creator, Don Quixote was the object of ridicule. He charged giants that turned out to be windmills, fought armies that were flocks of sheep, worshiped the purity of a peasant wench who was gifted at salting pork. But in humanism's world of reason, Don Quixote's crime was not his madness but his faith. So is it in today's world...

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