Being a fool.

It's the same for us all.  The moment when we've done something foolish.  The feeling of regret and embarrassment that washes over us.  The amount of energy we put into avoiding that feeling at all cost.  It could be the tiniest of incidents, like tripping on a step or saying the wrong word, but the reaction it triggers is very real.

It's real and it's a serious matter here at You Are the Innovator because in that seemingly small, seemingly uncontrollable, seemingly pervasive human reaction is a world of opportunities.  

The truth is that the fear of looking foolish is the nemesis of creativity.  And the truth is also that both fear and creativity play a role in innovation.  It's a paradox.  

Let's take a closer look at the Fool himself:

From  Fool, also called the Jester, a comic entertainer whose madness or imbecility, real or pretended, made him a source of amusement and gave him license to abuse and poke fun at even the most exalted of his patrons.

Here we find more paradox represented by the Fool:  comedy is one of the most serious vocations in the human experience.  

Comedy brings humor to foolishness.  

It carries immense power to connect people, relieve suffering, make insightful commentary on the world at large, and help us process our experiences.  Comedy can be biting; comedy can be healing.  It's a profound skill that serves many purposes.

Here in the blog, we'll be looking more at the importance of comedy, humor, and yes - foolishness - in the future.  For today, we'll leave you with a quick yet memorable read on discomfort, suffering, playfulness, ridiculousness, ease, standing still, and dignity.

'Once you can handle the insults, you begin': inside Philippe Gaulier's clown school

Erin Mosley