Wise, merry Folly laughs off the boozy behaviour of tanked-up gods, treating them like so many party-animal adolescents.
From Erasmus’ timeless classic of all-mocking irreverence, which puts Folly in the driving seat of human life and well-being. Without her, she argues, life wouldn’t be worth living.
‘As for what the well-lubricated gods get up to after their party, things so foolish that even I sometimes can’t help laughing at them – those I hesitate to mention’.
Source: Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536), Praise of Folly, trans. Roger Clarke (Richmond: Oneworld Classics, 2008 (1511)), p. 21