The True Fool


The Fool is an enigma, a person of special gifts and talents. He does not fit in anywhere. He may make friends and acquiantances wherever he is, but ultimately the Fool is a loner. The Fool may make many casual friends and know people in every town – alternatively, the Fool keeps to himself and is secretive. The latter aspect is negative – for the Fool has a gift that is greater than the sum of all his others – he may learn that he has the knowledge of how he may himself change the world.

Not every Fool will realise this at first.

Everybody changes the world by means of their actions, but the Fool may be privy to the knowledge of how to change events specifically to suit his own ends. When the Fool does this for the forces of good he may do anything from give cheer to one person or a million – the choice and path is his. Ultimately the Fool, in being a Fool, may be taken by whimsy with respect to his choices. The more the Fool changes the world for the good the more he may laugh and take joy in it.

When the Fool does not change aspects of the world for good he has no joy.

The Fool has an understanding of his own destiny, should he wish. He may yet see that he has the choice to make his own.

The Fool is a powerful card – a Fool can destroy empire with a wave of his hand, or create new life with a twitch of his nose. The best of Fools knows when he is doing this – the worst of Fools is ignorant of his true potential. A Fool must lean to understand, and then use, his potential to be most greatly happily. The Fool who ignores his gifts and squanders them lives wretchedly.

The Fool is greatest of all wise men, for wise men may become arrogant with self-knowledge, while the Fool, being a mere Fool, knows his limitations.

Buddhist saying:

The Fool who knows that he is a Fool demonstrates wisdom, but the Fool who thinks himself a wise man demonstrates folly.

The Fool must learn better his limitations – the better he does, the more he may direct his energies into actions that will have the most successess.

The Fool must realise that his acheivements are balanced by his indulgences – the more a Fool is given to selfless whims and indulgences, the more the Fool becomes limited, and the more the Fool will feel life weigh heavy.

The primary purpose of the Fool is to give, for the Fool is also the Hanged Man and a servant of humanity, yet the Fool may only give as much as he has earned. Sometimes the Fool gives little to many, or else the Fool gives much to one. The Fool also gives to all – for he is a Fool!

It is very important to recognise the positive aspects of the Fool and work with them. The negative aspects lead not to a Fool but foolishness and despondances – beware not to keep your gifts for yourself.

Do well … and ultimately, be a good Fool! There is no reward for your actions otherwise …

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