The Queer Fool



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There is a place on the edge where we can play, where we are ‘outside the box’. In this place we can see clearly: new vistas, far horizons, paths that lead to places no-one has ever been before. Sometimes; inspired, excited, we set off on one of these paths. Sometimes we find people to accompany us for some of the way. Sometimes we find outselves further on a path than anyone has been, at least in our lifetimes, or the last millennia. We feel alone and sometimes lonely. And yet we keep on; because we want to see where the path leads, what is around the next corner. Or because we feel that we have gone too far to turn back.                           


Sometimes, it is true, we go too far. We reach an edge that leads only to an abyss. We cross a line, maybe we don’t even know that we have crossed it. We go ‘mad’, or we die. This is the risk we take.                       


Other times, the good times, we meet others on the way. We turn a corner and there are people waiting for us: they have found the way to this beautiful place by a different route. We cross paths with others and stop and share, relieved that we are not alone.                                    


Sometimes we set out as a group: stopping, listening to each other’s fears, waiting for the time we can all go on together, arguing, shouting, despairing, faltering, holding each other up, moving forward.                                  


There are many ways, many paths. Many are not linear: they move spirally, or they expand in all directions at once.          


In expanding, we expand the edges for all humanity. In pushing the edges further out, we take others with us, if only for a little way.