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The Fool

By October 1, 2014April 22nd, 2020Articles, Read

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” William Shakespeare, As You Like It: Act 5, Sc 1.

Why is it that Chinese Emperors, Egyptian Pharaohs and English Kings and Queens all reputedly consulted with fools and court jesters? Because the fool is unburdened by the expectations and conventions of society, is unconstrained by all the shoulds and shouldn’ts and the need to keep up appearances, is entirely free to cut through our man-made-up concepts and beliefs and to expose the unmodified truth at the heart.

So what if we are the fool? What if we dare to step outside our mental framework of ideas and explore the immediate sensual reality of the moment?

Through the eyes of the fool we discover that we have no eyes! That what we are is not an isolated person looking out at the world, but rather this entire colourful experience of life happening; that a computer keyboard is no less ourself than the fingers that dance across its keys; that the cry of a bird, the image of open sky, the sound of children playing, the taste of peppermint tea, the fizzing aliveness of sensations, the wonder of unbridled joy, the intense sorrow of grief, every experience experienceable is our infinitely creative being shapeshifting into ever fresh, ingenious compositions.

It’s in this fool’s wisdom, which our thought-made version of reality regards as pure madness, that we discover the magical homecoming for which we’ve always longed.