Monday, February 21, 2022

What's a Setback?

Daily News Buildig with setbacks (Hugh Ferris)

What is the difference between a setback and a setback? One's a reversal of fortune and the other, “a plain flat offset in a wall.” Of course, a setback is not a setback if you’re "free soloing." But take them one by one. “Man plans, god laughs” is one way to look at setbacks. They go with the territory—of living that is. Particularly where passion is involved,  everything just slides effortlessly in place or even culminates before you realize it. Anyone who has been given propofol for a colonoscopy knows the feeling of a procedure being finished before it's started. Lovers of old-fashioned Cantonese restaurants may remember that just thinking about the #1, chow mein, egg roll and fried rice, seemed to make it magically appear. Are the current setbacks in NATO’s negotiations with the Russians a fait accompli? A setback on a rock face can be Sisyphean to the extent that it tempts the climber into repelling challenges from which he or she might ultimately need to rappel.

read "Ulimate Rejection!" by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

and watch the animation of Erotomania


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