Caprice. Frolic. Joke. Jest. Dance. This is the word cloud that takes me to what makes us human. The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said this: “. . . one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star”. It is the chaos in ourselves that is divine. We can be trained to do almost anything, harnessed to almost any purpose. But there remains a wayward spark whose unpredictability lies in the fact that it is pointless. That is humanity.
The quote is from a New Statesman article by Matthew Parris, titled What makes us human? Doing pointless things for fun.
I agree. (I love his cave painting story!) And because there is a Shetland-shaped place in my heart, I give you this, as well, in confirmation.
Here's to your Christmas and all your new year being fully flavoured with caprice, frolic, jokes, jests, and dance!
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