Celebrating Fools

Image of tarot card "The Fool"

Today, I woke up feeling like… by Rodger Rocha (CC BY-ND)

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. ―Douglas Adams
If you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.
―Ray Bradbury
I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.
―Albert Einstein


Pranksters, marks, and onlookers alike―the world is full of fools. But today we embrace nonsense and the happiness it can bring. It’s time to take things lightly.

Fools are a shameless lot. They’re curious and bold, naively enthusiastic and oblivious to danger. Mortified, we criticize them, then laugh with relief that the fool is someone else. But they may be on to something.

Fools aren’t stupid, just childlike. In the tarot deck The Fool is someone embarking on a journey. Their mind is a clean slate; the card symbolizes new beginnings. Young children don’t see hazards either, but we envy their innocence and marvel as they explore the world without fear. Painful experience comes soon enough.

But even a veteran traveler like you can enjoy some obliviousness. With effort, imagination, and courage you can adopt some foolish irreverence and shed excess baggage. Like a wet dog shaking off water, you won’t lose it all but you’ll feel much lighter. This April Fools’ Day I wish you a healthy helping of nonsense and the happiness irreverence can bring.



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