The Motley that be Human

Six Day. All Fool’s Day. So we should all feel rather comfortable and welcomed. After all, we are all fools, each in his own way.

To attempt to demonstrate this, I went to my trusty digital dictionary – not a fool when it comes to OS! but I am widely thought so by those who are MegaHard serfs and Fruit chattels. Anyway, the definition snatched from the jaws (bowels?) of the internet, the actual contemporary seat of fools:

Fool Fool, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad; a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. Folly, Follicle.]

   1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.      [1913 Webster]

   2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt. [1913 Webster]

   3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.      [1913 Webster]

   4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.      [1913 Webster]

Note that all of these are drawn from the same source the hernia producing 1913 Webster Unabridged. The dictionary not to be used around even medium sized dawgs.

I note that definition number one gathers in all Bogs, even the ones who might be exempt due to mental absence. Definition two captures some of the Bogs and most of the Geeks.

The third captures all the Nerds since nerds generally have serious reservations about being controlled by morality and religiosity. But it would also seem to capture all of the Bogs and Geeks as well since the state of religions is such that their union of doctrine and dogma is so dense as to thus exclude everyone, including most of the lower animals, from any taint of goodness. The difference is that Nerds know what wickedness really is beyond the rhetoric of of government and religious justicers. 

Number four is strangely mixed. Few of us are paid for our foolishness although all of us are ridiculously accoutered. Consider cellular telephones, e.g. Definitely a ridiculous accouterment. Similarly for credit cards and paper money. And clothing, which is supposed to be orthogonal to accouterment, is singularly ridiculous these days. 

So a happy day to all of us, the sole surviving species of homo on Tellus. Even out small fractions of Chimpanzee and Neandertal DNA cannot rescue us from this condition.

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