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 F - Fool

Fool: Someone of questionable sanity, who may say wise, witty or unwelcome things people who are not fools can't or daren't say because of social censures.

Medieval monarchs had their court jesters, oftem the only ones who could speak the truth to them, disguised as joke or witticism, and get away with it; modern meda-democracies have their comedians, who play a very similar role, as politicians, priests, public relatios persons and pundits all lie and posture constantly.


See also: Conformisme, Quixote,



 Original: Sep 1, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top