Futility


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Futility

See also Despair, Frustration.
American Scene, The
portrays Americans as having secured necessities; now looking for amenities. [Am. Lit.: The American Scene]
Babio
performs the useless and supererogatory. [Fr. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 42]
Bellamy, James
character who goes through phases “playboy, war hero” to suicide. [Br. TV: Upstairs, Downstairs]
Canute
king of England demonstrated the limits of his power by commanding waves to stand still in vain. [Eng. Legend: Benét, 165]
Danaides
fifty daughters, forty-nine of whom are condemned to Hades to collect water in sieves. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI, I: 326]
Fall, The
tale of the monotonous life and indifference of modern man. [Fr. Lit.: The Fall]
Grandet, Eugénie
lacking everything but wealth, she is indifferent to life. [Fr. Lit.: Eugenie Grandet, Magill I, 258–260]
Henry, Frederic
loses lover and child; nothing left. [Am. Lit.: A Farewell to Arms]
Moreau, Frederic
law student whose amatory attachments all come to nothing, concludes that existence is futile. [Fr. Lit.: Flaubert A Sentimental Education in Magill I, 876]
“Necklace, The”
having lost a borrowed diamond necklace, M. and Mme. Loisel suffer ten years of privation to purchase a duplicate, then find that the original was paste. [Fr. Lit.: Maupassant “The Necklace”]
Ocnus,
the cord of eaten by ass as quickly as it is made. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Wheeler, 767]
Of Mice and Men
story of George Milton and Lennie Small’s futile dream of having their own farm. [Am. Lit.: Of Mice and Men]
Partington, Dame
tried to turn back tide with mop. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 807]
pearls before swine
Jesus adjures one not to waste best efforts. [N.T.: Matthew 7:6]
Sun Also Rises, The
story of American expatriates living a futile existence in Europe. [Am. Lit.: The Sun Also Rises]
Tobacco Road
tale of Jeeter Lester and other oppressed, degraded lives. [Am. Lit.: Tobacco Road]
Tregeagle
condemned to bail out Dozmary Pool with leaky shell. [Br. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1099]
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The Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB), a committee of international experts, reviewed unblinded safety and efficacy data from CHART-1 and determined that such data did not support discontinuation of the trial on the basis of safety or futility and recommended that it continue without changes to the protocol.
131 explicitly recognized a futility exception to the demand requirement by allowing litigants to set forth "the reasons for not having made such effort.
Under the Sunbane their world is even more filled with futility than Covenant's "real" world, and their path back to epic vision leads through Covenant's disproof of the Clave's false "truths" and requires acceptance of culpability for Rede-required actions.
In the Wanglie case (6) doctors recommended terminating mechanical ventilation for an 86-year old woman in a PVS on futility grounds.
In the clinic the medical futility debate culminates in the practical question of whether physicians may unilaterally discontinue LSMT in the face of opposition from patient/surrogates.
Acceptance of the concept of medical futility facilitates a paradigm shift from curative to palliative medicine, accommodating a more humane approach and avoiding unnecessary suffering in the course of the dying process.
We never have and never would have said that futility refers to patients; it refers to particular treatments.
Before we fatalistically fall into the perspective that a sane, Christian country on earth is an exercise in futility, let us reflect on the Dark Ages, before we fall into our own: the barbaric Goths were converted to Catholicism and built the Gothic cathedrals
It's a question never completely answered, but that hardly diminishes this profoundly humanistic portrait of a man working hard to transcend despair and the seeming futility of his life.
Though, in my view, it is not entirely convincing in its effort to paint the depredations of popular culture as an irresistible outcome of history, I nevertheless applaud Gordon's willingness to acknowledge the mounting sense of futility felt by many classical performers who do not live inside the bubble of notoriety experienced by an ever diminishing number of our colleagues.
A: Which speaks to the utter futility of campaign finance reform.
This happened five times, making the fervor of revolution and the futility of war equally clear.