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Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Woody Allen, Monty Python, ecstasy, stupidity, and laughing

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas




“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”




Blessed indeed. Beatitudes abound in the sinless humility of irrevocable confusion.

“For there is no progression in the notion of universal vanity, nor conclusion”, argued the loquacious Cioran, “and as far as we venture in such ruminations, our knowledge makes us no gain: it is in its present state as rich and as void as its point of departure. It is a surcease within the incurable, a leprosy of the mind, a revelation by stupor.”

           Knowledge is vanity; to imagine that we ‘know’ is to beseech the universe to endure the absence of our inherent essence- the ecstasy of fools.

Fools we are, fools we were, and fools we shall be, yet only a very few of us are brave, or wild, or uninhibited, or oblivious enough to play the role of the jester in the Palace of Wonders we live within. Henry Miller describes one who took this role- of divine lunacy- as a vocation: “At the foot of the ladder reaching to the moon, Auguste would sit in contemplation, his smile fixed, his thoughts far away. This simulation of ecstasy, which he had brought to perfection, always impressed the audience as the summation of the incongruous. The great favorite had many tricks up his sleeve but this one was inimitable. Never before had a buffoon thought to depict the miracle of ascension.”

To be a fool because you are a fool is one thing, to willingly express your foolishness so as to enlighten others to their own ridiculousness is a whole new realm of sainthood.

Thomas Merton records this ‘sacrifice’ by one of the Desert Fathers, who had written: “One of the elders said: Either fly as far as you can from men, or else, laughing at the world and the men who are in it, make yourself a fool in many things.”

So it is with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Woody Allen, Mr. Bean, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and so on; the jocular exposure of our limitless stupidity is the mark of artistic rarity. These actors not only make us laugh, they show us who we truly are, for “Anyone who thinks he is not a fool shows his ignorance.”


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way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra



THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

















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