This quotation was forwarded to me by the editor of Fools Are Everywhere as we were finalizing the text for publication. It seemed a divine underlining of the book’s key message: that the fool fulfils a universal role, as witnessed by his – and occasionally her – recurring appearance in an astonishingly broad swathe of cultures.

‘It is all too often forgotten that the ancient symbol for the prenascence of the world is a fool, and that foolishness, being a divine state, is not a condition to be either proud or ashamed of.’

Source: G. Spencer-Brown, Laws of Form

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