Posted by the writer on Friday, August 11, 2006
Why do I see the clown's smile mischievous?
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..