A Fool In Haiti

Why ‘fool’?

Why do I call myself Seani Fool?

Why do I call myself Seani Fool? Well for a start – I perform and run various workshops in the UK (especially Brighton) under the moniker of Seani Fool. I have called myself a “fool” for a number of years now inspired from a number of places including:

  • a quote from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The quote is: A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
  • The Tarot card number zero is called The Fool. Simply put, The Fool in the Tarot system characterises someone who steps off into the unknown, who makes leaps into places where they simply don’t know what is going to happen. To do this is considered “foolish”.
  • There is a faerie story by the title of The Emperor’s New Clothes (by Hans Christian Andersen) about an emperor who is duped into going about naked. Only a young child speaking with innocence has the audacity to speak out and laugh at the naked emperor. The child in this story epitomises The Fool that I’m talking about.
  • Being involved with a theatre company for two years called The Nomadic Academy Of Fools where I learnt all sorts of things about the connection between my inner world (my thoughts, dreams, feelings, inner dialogues) and the outer world which you and I live in together ;)

For me, “Fool” is an umbrella term for people who are interested in life, acknowledge that they don’t have all the answers to life’s various questions and take steps towards finding out more. The body of fools includes clowns, jesters, tricksters, buffoons and more and fools make appearances in one form or another in most of the world’s different mythologies.

There is another proverb, “fools rush in where angels fear to tread” but I am not yet certain if I want to use that in relation to my journey to Haiti!

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