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a man named Lew you should be diggin' it while it's happenin'

Stay hungry. Stay foolish

I think William Blake has a line to the effect that if a fool persists in his folly he becomes wise.


I liked this:

“For it is less the philosophers and wisened sages that teach us our valuable lessons, but rather the idiots who show us through example what not to do.” -Aurelius Caulfield from:

The Fool

At the other end of the spectrum from science… :)

“In medieval courts, the court jester was someone who was not expected to follow the same rules as others. He could observe and then poke fun. This makes the Fool unpredictable and full of surprises. He reminds us of the unlimited potential and spontaneity inherent in every moment. ...nothing is certain or regular. The Fool adds the new and unfamiliar to a situation.

The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy. ... He also reminds you to keep your faith and trust your natural responses. ...the Fool tells you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem.” Joan Bunning

Since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed reading psychology books. When I “discovered” Jung and his collective unconscious and universal archetypes, I wanted to learn more about the “shadow self” and so I ventured into the study of Tarot. Not to tell fortunes or the future, but as representations of those universal archetypes.

To me The Fool steps off that cliff not because he trusts anyone or anything to save him, but because finding out what is there is more important to him than being safe.

The Fool’s Journey

I “woke up” and set out on my Journey about 3 years ago and I am only just beginning to see fleeting signs of The Magician at times. I’d be happy staying the Fool forever.

a man named Lew you should be diggin' it while it's happenin'

I think that Tarot would be interesting from that perspective. I’ve been tempted in the past to find out more about it, so thanks for the link. (It’s good to see that they’re counting from zero:)

What woke you up? if you don’t mind me asking.


I don’t mind you asking. Your question stumped me for a minute because there really was no specific event that I could point to and say ‘this caused it’. I will try to answer anyway; I think it will help me understand also.

I’ve always been a “head down, work hard, do the right thing” kind of person (still am!). Having grown up in a religious environment, the rules were very clear, so I followed them. My parents said I had to prepare myself so I would be able to take care of myself, so I did. I got a job the day I turned 16 (minimum age in the US to work without a special permit). I went to college and worked while doing so. I married, had kids, did all the appropriate things.

One day I realized I was living “a” life, but not “my” life. Not that I had been forced into any decisions during my life! I’m too stubborn to do anything because I have to. It was subtler than that. I guess I was making my own decisions but based on a set of rules; within a world view, that had been handed to me. Now I try to live and make decisions within my own world view. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s the best I can do at the moment! :)

I’ve always been curious. I “swiped” some psychology books from the library when I was about 10 or 11 because they said I was too young to check them out. I found them immensely interested. So much so that I would have majored in Psych if I thought I could make a living right off with that. Instead I went into computers and have never regretted it. (By the way, I did return the library books by the day they would have been due!)

Since then my curiosity has taken me through a myriad of subjects. History was added to psychology and sociology sometime in my 20s. But it wasn’t until I started reading about ‘alternate belief systems’ that I realized I was living inside a box created by someone else’s opinions, not my own. I might have stepped out of the box periodically, but basically I had accepted their world view “hook-line-and-sinker”, as they say.

So one day, and I have no clear recollection of which day it was, I knocked down the walls of the box and started (mentally) exploring the world outside it. I’m not sure how far outside the box I’ve actually stepped, but my mind at least is free to roam unimpeded by learned rules and behaviors.

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praise of folly

Quite an interesting book written by Erasmus.I have that unexplainable enthusiasm to all kind of folly. I do not think they show us what not to do. As you have also experienced, a strict controlled life may be what is leading me to worship the uncontrolled ones.

A Girl in the Curl Sad at the news that 43 will soon disappear

I'm living up to my namesake.

my last name means “Fools”

And my father was always very proud that during the fashionable time of picking last names, our people were court jesters.

The jester, he argued, was inside the court, not dying outside of the plague. He had to be intelligent, witty, and funny or it was his head.

To this day, when I go to Italy, my name brings with it (depending on where I am) either immense respect, or guffaws of laughter (the bank, where they would love to shout it out, in unison, when they saw me)

This is also my card in the tarot—a friend of mine was “reading me” and said this is your card, don’t take it litterally…But then I told him I understood it was mine, and we had a good laugh.

To this day, I put down “fool” under occupation, where I’m asked.

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a man named Lew you should be diggin' it while it's happenin'

I wouldn't

dispute that Mr Bush appears foolish, nor that he and his associates have pursued policies which look, to someone like me to be pure folly. All I’ll say is that there is still time.

I didn’t get the Caulfield reference.

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A Girl in the Curl Sad at the news that 43 will soon disappear

such a gentleman...

You’re so elegantly reserved, Jackie.

saying Bush appears foolish is like saying the ocean looks slightly humid


I like you.

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a man named Lew you should be diggin' it while it's happenin'

I don't

know what Blake intended by this (foolishness) but I suspect something along the lines of having a naive, unsophisticated view of the world, and that he might be saying that such a view was not so foolish as it might seem.

I don’t think George Bush has a naive or unsophisticated view of the world. His is a different class of folly; a type of folly not easliy recovered from.

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