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  • I always have been fascinated by the Trickster archetype. From Coyote, Brer Rabbit and Kokopelli here in North America, to the Tarot's Fool, Loki, The Monkey King and Ryōkan in other schools of thought and myth.

    Today we have Anonymous, and the lulz-loving 4-Chan b-tards holding the fools light high among the interwebs. Are they not tricksters in the best sense of the word? I've always thought tricksters essential to stopping us taking ourselves too seriously as a society. Although it doesn't feel very positive when one is the butt of their joke. Hard lessons are rarely easy. But we need them, just as we need the voices of the Occupy movement, to show us that the Emperor is often naked.

    I'm away from my library right now, and can't access the crazy wisdom I've collected therein to reference this story, so I typed "Trickster" into Wikipedia. I am just blown away by the extensiveness of that entry. Reading it, I've discovered dozens of new tricksters in obscure cultural mythologies I'd never heard of. Links to myths and legends all with the same theme. A bit of chaos is necessary for us to function as a society, it seems.

    Artists know this too.
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