The Prophetic Jesters

From Wikipedia:

In ancient times courts employed fools and by the Middle Ages the jester was a familiar figure. In Renaissance times, aristocratic households in Britain employed licensed fools or jesters, who sometimes dressed as other servants were dressed, but generally wore a motley (i.e. parti-coloured) coat, hood with ass’s (i.e. donkey) ears or a red-flannel coxcomb and bells. Regarded as pets or mascots, they served not simply to amuse but to criticise their master or mistress and their guests. 

Court jesters have long disappeared but these days it’s more intelligent comedians who have taken their place instead. They usually hold up the mirror of reality out towards us and make fun of the neuroses they see around in our world.  I personally think they serve a very important role since they remind many of us not to get too high on our high horse and with a few intelligent jabs are able to deflate to most inflated of egos. The world needs more of them.

There are many really bad comedians and I don’t need to list them. You see their movies playing at your local multi-plex practically every other month. They usually operate on immature bathroom humor or simple gag jokes. The more blander comedians eventually get their own TV shows on network channels.

Ray Romano: I don’t understand why people thought his TV show was funny.

Then there are excellent ones like Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, or Russell Peters who have a specific angle, whether it’s relationships or having hilarious immigrant parents…

And then, you have Bill Hicks and George Carlin.

A great comedian is able to transmit very uncomfortable truths in a funny way. They make you look at any subject from a completely new angle. They are allowed to approach subjects which many of us normally never would be permitted to do and name names and call a spade a spade. If you’re acting like an asshole, they are allowed to call you an asshole and they are able to prove it in an often, very funny way. They can get away with it because their humor allows them to get away with it, just like the royal jesters of old, who were even allowed to insult kings. It not only requires intelligence, but also insight and a dash of bravery even for speaking uncomfortable truths. That was also, at times, in the job description of the prophet.

However with the case of Hicks and Carlin, you have comedy which has gone beyond comedy to the point of wisdom.  They saw and understood human nature  and existence  at it’s deepest level in our present civilization, to such  a degree that I am, in some ways, not surprised that Hicks ended up dying young and Carlin became cynical and bitter beyond belief in his old age.  Carlin was nobody’s fool but instead made fools of everyone else. Hicks was able to hit the jugular every single time.

I could go on and on about how amazing these two are but I won’t. Instead I’ll leave a few of my favorite clips of them and you can go and YouTube the hell out of them both.  Or not. Truth comes in all shapes and sizes and can be found in all sorts of unlikely places so listen closely….

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3 thoughts on “The Prophetic Jesters

  1. 27

    Beautifully written post. I like how you build this post up. I’m watching all the videos you embedded. Starting with George Carlin’s “Bankers.”

    On another note, I was wondering if you could do a post on suicide? I was talking to someone who said (jokingly), when things get tough, “Suicide is an option.” Is it? Should a person commit suicide if Life isn’t going well for them? Of course I know the answer is NO. But I’d really like to see your unique point of view. I’ll admit, like many teenagers today, I’ve thought about suicide more than once. But I believe the right to give life, and take life, lies only with God. Commiting suicide would be ‘escaping,’ where as your soul was brought to this world to learn it’s ‘lessons’. What I’ve written probably does make much sense, but I’d be happy if you wrote on it. Thanks.

    Btw, when I first read your early posts, I thought you were a guy. 🙂

    • Hi 27,
      You’re right suicide isn’t an option. I think it must have crossed everyone’s mind at some point in their life because that’s what life is, an up and down roller coaster ride, but like Hicks says, it’s just a ride, nothing more. You have choices. We all do.

      I think it’s wrong for a variety of reasons but the biggest one in my book is that it gives the Dark Side a win and gives the Good Guys one less fighter. It makes them stronger and us weaker. That’s just me, I’m a bit of a fighter. We’re at that point now where we need to start building up critical mass and hit the right numbers to be able to fight back and undo the damage which has been done. There was an excellent conspiracy theorist, Rick Clay, who committed suicide a few years ago and he was only 24, I think. It’s sad because it’s exactly people like that we need on the front lines and share information with which makes us all stronger and better informed.This also includes activists, dissidents, comedians, researchers, investigative journalists, healers, artists, musicians, writers, poets, revolutionaries, teachers and people like that.

      It depends on what your own outlook is on life after death, but personally I have a cyclical world-view, I do believe we come back and we keep coming back until we finally GET IT.And then it’s still not over, after that, we have a duty to help others to get it as well. So suicide in light of that just means you’re going to come back to the very same spot you left, possibly even worse for wear. It becomes a cosmic version of that Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day”. It’s just not worth it.

      Checking out because you have douche-bags at school, stupid teachers, some psycho ex-girlfriend or parents who don’t understand just means your saying that you give up and that they win. I don’t buy it. The best decisions in life are usually the most difficult ones.

      Tell your friend, that things change all the time, nothing is permanent nor written in stone, that there are good people in this world worth talking to and causes worth fighting for, places to see and visit, foods to taste and try out, scenes to take in, great books to read and music to listen to. I have friends who have had kids and when I ask them about childbirth, they say it was insanely painful, like trying to blow a turkey out of your nose, but they also say they have a hard time remembering the pain because all they can see and experience are their beautiful kids in front of them.

      It’s when you connect and plug into the positive stuff, it practically helps you, not forget, but the negative stuff becomes some distant memory which you don’t feel anything about anymore.

      Did you ever read “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S Lewis? Check out “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” sometime and the chapter about Dark Island, where you only had to think or recall your worst nightmare and it would come true and then see what happened afterwards.

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