Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Because of all of the differences in perspective on this forum and elsewhere, I decided to throw together a quick essay on The Fool. Keep in mind, this is a just my limited and succinct perspective of The Fool concept, which is subjective anyway, as it is divorced from the Whole, of which I am an all-important part and an infinitely non-important part, all at the same time.
Thanks for the opportunity to share. I look forward to any feedback.
And thanks for reading. THE FOOLThe Dissolved Division of the Universe
Within and Without.
The Fool card is the sum total of all existence, whether unconscious or not. It is all-perspectives, all happening at once, not in any specific relation with anything, but in relation to everything simultaneously. This concept falls outside of all time and space. It is every thought, event, entity, idea, etc. that was, is, or shall be. It is every circumstance or phenomena in a homogeneous mixture, a Whole, all alike in importance, as relation will only give way to quality and quantity. Only relations can describe any given phenomena, as so beautifully shown in the works of Russell, Einstein, and countless others.
The concept of a Whole falls outside of language, and, as a result, falls outside of physical science. Science is just a snapshot of the past, divided into common categories for multiple subjective realities to agree upon. A convenient language of mathematics, postulates, and theorems, that need to be related to language in order to be elucidate datum to our psychology. As Foucault (and others) have so sublimely posited, science is merely a convenient categorization of sense-datum labeling, with the purpose of creating a model of an objective reality. However, as long as one perspective differs from another, an objective reality can never be agreed upon. If this ever changes, consciousness will cease to exist, as it cannot perceive any more differences. It would simply Be. With nothing to relate to, it has no point of reference. It is the Nothing that is Everything.
Now, the Fool represents this Whole. That is, it is all perspectives -- including all of their unique diversity. There is no bias because there is no relation. There is no time because concepts and ideas are eternal. There is no space in this Whole. It combines the planes in geometry. It transforms the light and the perception of it. The five senses are inconsequential because they have not yet grown into the differences that will make them the individual ingredients of perception. In short, the Fool is the sum total of everything, imagined or not, conscious or unconscious, existent or non-existent, without the idea of having to “sum” everything up. Even non-existence can be described as “something”, however indescribable that “something” may be, and that is also a part of the Fool. There is not a word, picture, or anything else that is perceivable or conceivable (or imperceptible/inconceivable) that doesn’t express a different “point” in the Whole. The Fool is the Entity that encompasses all “points”.
Now, because the Fool is all-perspective, it has no bias. Its main function is Silence because it is Nothing, it has nothing to communicate to because It is Everything. This Silence creates an innocence of sorts. It is an innocence that knows Naught.
This innocence is before any formation of relation. It is the primordial, original state. It opines not. It struggles not. It loves not. It hates not. All “points” are simply dissolved, with no relationship to each other, and therefore, no quality or quantity. It is the idea of “no-units” of relation, because relation presupposes that every point exists separately. There is no travel to an individual point, because the Fool is every “point” as a Whole.
If we wish to speak of it in the physical realm, we can liken this concept to the earth, or even the entire universe (perceptible and imperceptible – the “multi verse” if you will) as being completely solid. All inhabitants, structures, objects of any sort, were completely solid in this “multiverse”. All states of matter ceased to exist, except the solid, as if the whole universe, with all of its concepts, became a block of ice. This would be the Fool. The whole block of ice, with every possible idea and object (and non-idea and non-object) would be a part of this. There would be no difference between this “ice block” or anything else, because nothing could exist outside of it, whether perceptible or not. A complete vacuum, so to speak.
This universe, as conceived of as the universe without us in it – objectively speaking – or the Universe conceived of as a sum total of our individual perceptions – subjectively speaking – are One in the same. This is the dissolution of Silence. This is the Fool.
Once released from value of relation, from differences, any given point is now united with all points. No bias, no perspective. It is a Being that cannot see differences of any sort. It is the state of the infinite smallness of the quark becoming the Whole in dissolution. This is the Fool.
All of the unique gifts of the Whole are the Fool’s. Any given perspective is the Fool’s. Any given mood is the Fool’s. It does not separate; it does not attach importance to any one thing, as functions cease to exist, as causality ceases to exist, because time ceases to exist, because space ceases to exist. Only Nothing exists. And in Nothing is Everything, because No-relation makes Everything an Entity. This is the Mystery of the Fool.
The Power of this Silence is indescribable. This is primordial Love before division; that of the Undivided All. It’s Divine Right is in its innocence of non-bias. It cannot perceive itself, because there is no difference. It is the Power of Nothing that encompasses Everything, and in this all Power is given. There is no argument, as all arguments would be of the Fool and by Fool – an argument denotes a division of the Fool. The Fool cannot be separated as it is All.
Relations are byproducts of division. With division comes limiting. With limiting comes a lack of qualities and quantities, which becomes perspective, which can only include a part of omnipotence and omniscience. The All-perspective lacks a value less than Nothing, as it is the Absolute Whole, the Source from which all division springs into the illusion of difference.
Love is the law, love under will.