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be pissing in(to) the wind

To be doing something totally pointless, fruitless, or futile; to be wasting one's time doing something that will not or cannot come to pass. To be perfectly honest, I feel like voting is just pissing in the wind, so I just don't bother. My mom and dad were pissing into the wind for years trying to get my brother to take his studies seriously; in the end, he dropped out anyway to pursue a career in music.
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Or, from "Doing Time," a poetic statement of disappointment: "I get real discouraged, and I wonder if maybe I'm just pissing into the wind." My favorite--"Nothing happens"--comes from the story "Season Finale," in which sitcom television mixes with supposed real life.
All of that in relation to Eros is like pissing into the wind. For desire appears to us from the corners of the earth or the depths of self with a force and urgency and sometimes a destructiveness so powerful we cannot help ascribing them to a god, for nothing else--no psychologizing, no moralizing--makes any sense.