There is an old saying that says 'there is wisdom in the folly of a fool.' In fact, those whose goal it is, and has been for a very long time, to dominate, subjugate and control all of mankind, recognized early on what this wisdom meant.
In the courts of the Royals there were the jesters whose job it was to make fun of everything and everyone including the kings and queens who welcomed being joked about so as to seem like they were really down to earth people, like the peasants they ruled over, thereby making their existence as rulers more acceptable. Later, after the inception of the new American republic, that which replaced the 'divine right of kings' even the liberated mind of Thomas Paine conceded that government was a 'necessary evil'. Could there be a more oxy-moronic term?
And yet, ironically, he was right. He understood that human beings were not ready to realize collectively that there was no need for any government because a true state of enlightenment exists within humanity which espouses an understanding of the responsibility and innate ability to govern oneself.
When the court jester poked fun at the king, the king knew that the jester knew that he, the king, was not to be taken seriously as someone who had some divine right to govern anyone (but himself just like everyone else). This is the wisdom of the fool. That, and his lack of any desire for worldly power. The fool knows the illusion for what it is. So does the king, but in his insecurity he can't resist the urge to 'lord' over the sleeping masses. And of course, all the woes of this world reflect that to this day.
One of my favorite songs from back in the day is Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower'-
'There must be some kinda way outta here, said the joker to the thief, there's just so much confusion, I can't get no relief."
You could put the thief in a similar class as the joker. He knows that ultimately nothing is really 'stolen', per se, because all matter is illusion anyway. It all begs the question, "What is the way 'outta here'?"
Many people who get assassinated fair OK in my book because it often means they were someone who was influencing humanity to realize various truths; truths that would contribute towards their freedom. History is replete with such figures.No need to elaborate on a list here. But one person who serves as a basis for this little treatise is John Lennon. Right before he was gunned down by that mind-controlled entity named Chapman, Lennon was really starting to enter into a heightened state of awareness. He was just 'Sittin here doin time'. I think that when he wrote The Fool on the Hill it signaled a kind of awakening to the meaning of that symbolism. The song was a self-portrayal..
The 'king' had him killed because he was a dangerous jester who had great credibility among many people. The spiritual power that he represented had to be silenced. But here's the rub- the message of taking back our power is meaningless
if all you're talking about is restoring the power of every individual to govern their own life in this world of matter as some Utopian dream.
The fact of the 'matter' is that this is impossible because you haven't addressed the ultimate issue: THE ILLUSION OF MORTALITY.
The transcending of this illusion is where true power lies. The fool is the Buddha. He is perfectly still. He sees the 'world' spinning round. He watches shadows on the wall. He knows it is all illusion. It has to be. Everything of form returns to the formless. To that nameless stillness of consciousness (being) that encompasses 'everything that is' which is really 'no- thing at all'.
You could even say that there is no 'we' who 'live our lives', but that there is only life that is conscious of itself and that our human form is a contained vehicle that ultimately serves as a ' point of departure' from which we emerge like a cocoon as 'we' become increasingly aware of the expanding consciousness of life. There is no 'way outta here' if you're already 'there'. It's just a matter of awakening to this truth. And how sad and pathetic it is for the 'kings and queens' to grab for the false power of this world when they could be surrendering to the true power of divinity from which all being emanates. Their loss.
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