The Fool on the Hill

A good friend of mine posted a video on his myspace page of what could be considered a modern day fool. In past times the fool or court jester would be brought in when the king needed a laugh. Laughter was thought to be a cure in some ways.

All jesters and fools in those days were thought of as special cases whom God had touched with a childlike madness—a gift, or perhaps a curse. Mentally handicapped people sometimes found employment by capering and behaving in an amusing way. In the harsh world of medieval Europe, people who might not be able to survive any other way thus found a social niche. (wikipedia.org-court jester)
The fool was given permission to say what others would be put to death for. Thus providing balance to kingdom. The fool, “as jester provides an institutionalized link” with the excluded forces and energies, and in so doing, embodies “the principle of wholeness….reinstating in measured form the primeval condition before the seperation of the kingdom from that with which it excludes.” (William Willeford, The Fool and His Scepter: A Study in Clowns and Jester and Their Audience. p. 155)

One of the Hollywood versions of a fool that comes to mind is Robin Williams in the Fisher King. If it’s a movie you haven’t seen you should make a point to see it. If it’s a movie that you haven’t seen for awhile I recommend you watch it again. Robin’s character to me, shows the wholeness of what the fool archetype is.

Everything needs to have balance. Therefore the fool can not be the only archetype that is present in one’s life. However, it’s important for the wholeness that it is part of. After living in San Francisco for 10 1/2 years I came in contact with my share of homeless people. Unfortunately some of them are mentally ill, or addicted to drugs. But, if you listen to what some are saying, you will hear a lot of important things that come out of their mouths.Fortunately, the fool is not only found in homeless people. They just seem to be a good example to perpetuate the fool archetype in modern society.

We all have some form of the fool inside our make up. For some, it is much stronger than in others. But, it is there. It’s always beneficial to look at the fool but to not overanalyze it. With everything, just let it be. Allow it to grow at it’s own pace. Allow it to show it’s humor AND wisdom when least expected. When the fool is controlled (as I’ve experienced in myself) it can cause damage to others that could take a long time to heal. The fool is that powerful.

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One Response to “The Fool on the Hill”

  1. jerry rivas ordillas Says:

    wise but foolish. it’s always easy to mix the 2.
    sometimes the fool in me doesn’t know when to stop.
    shoot him, please?

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