Behind the smile of clown

Why do I see the clown's smile mischievous?
You don't?

Don't u feel strange to see the wide smile always there, in their face?
Don't you see while they fool you with their sloppy, folly, slapstick actions,
tickle you to laugh out loud, their witty eyes, tinkling?

Why they keep trying to make us laugh?
Who are they, the clown?

".......The first character of clown, appears first time as a jester in the court of Pharaoh Dadkeri-Assi during Egypt's Fifth Dynasty about 2500 B.C, old. Court jesters have performed in China since 1818 B.C.

In about 300 B.C. Chinese emperor Shih Huang-Ti oversaw the building of the Great Wall of China. Thousands of laborers were killed during its construction. He planned to have the wall painted which would have resulted in thousands more dying. His jester, Yu Sze, was the only one who dared criticize his plan. Yu Sze jokingly convinced him to abandon his plan. Yu Sze is remembered today as a Chinese national hero.
One of the most famous of the European court jesters was Nasir Ed Din. One day the king glimpsed himself and a mirror, and saddened at how old he looked, started crying. The other members of the court decided they better cry as well. When the king stopped crying, everyone else stopped crying as well, except Nasir Ed Din. When the king asked Nasir why he was still crying, he replied, "Sire, you looked at yourself in the mirror but for a moment and you cried. I have to look at you all the time."…

Freedom of speech, critics, liberation in its essential meaning represented by the act of court jester. A clown. The brevity to say the truth in a very comical, delicate, down to earth- way.

In other dimension, clown also teach us to laugh. Their folly is projection of our foolishness. Their slapstick action, bolsters dramatic gesture of a comical side inside every of us. When we laugh, we laugh to ourselves, deep down in our heart, we accept ourselves, our foolishness, our weaknesses.

So be careful when you laugh, you might laugh to yourself..


budibadabadu said...

hi. have you watched Badut-badut Kota (Ucik Supra, 1993)? your story reminds me of the film. clowns and their feelings. it also reminds me of what The Joker (one of the most dangerous clowns on earth) said in Batman (Tim Burton, 1989), "I'm only laughing on the outside / My smile is just skin deep / If you could see inside I'm really crying / You might join me for a weep."


the writer said...

hum, interesting how someone or a character can completely deceive us. Actually when i write this, i remember a character in "mysteri of solitaire", a novel written by jostein gaarder. there is a pack of cards who come to live, from vivid imagination of a lonely sailor cast ashore in magic island. Joker is always different. not like other cards , he always questions his existence, why he comes to live, who is the sailor, etc, etc. when the sailor dies, the living cards also dissapear, except joker. He becomes immortal...:)
BTW, u have nice crazy rants out there in your blog, :))

budibadabadu said...

nice crazy rants? :)

mututucin said...

I stopped liking clowns since I saw Stephen King's "It". I never found them amusing anyway. There's something creepy in the way they smile. BTW, I have read "Mystery of Solitaire" too, and again, the Joker scared me.

the writer said...

to bryt:.. sometime, truth scares us. dont you think? :)

to budibadu: i try to put comment in your "nice crazy rants" he he, but it fails. anyway, thanks for sharing. you're always welcome here :)

kuyazr said...

but...the interesting thing for me is about what the different between "The Fool" in a series of Tarot Card and The Joker?

Dessi said...

tell u the truth sis, clown scares me. no matter how friendly or cute they are, I always think they could be a kidnaper..or a killer...

the writer said...

to kuyazr: i guess they're the same

to dessy: you know des, maybe this is why we become friends, clown never amuses us..:)

budibadabadu said...

oke, thanx. yeah, saya akan sering-sering ke sini. udah di-link kok.

devishanty said...

takut badut. gara2 film it