Chapter 24: The Clown in the Canon

The medieval interactive carnival has been presented as the motif representing the way out of the destructive polarizations in our society – primarily in respect to religion and secular society, which are extremely unhelpful distinctions. Here, the clown is presented as the model revolutionary for a new way of navigating troubling issues. What do you think about this pattern for peacemaking and dialogue?

Are you interested in pursuing this issue further as I begin writing the sequel Clowns in the Pulpit?

Are you interested in joining a team of people, who bring these principles to life in festival settings like Salem’s Haunted Happenings, Burning Man, and the Solstice at Stonehenge?

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 24: The Clown in the Canon

  1. It seems that the scary clown is beginning to replace the zombie as our cultural monster. When Frankenstein’s monster was popular it was a projection of our fear of technology. I’m not sure what fear vampires tapped, but zombies seem to tap our fear of letting go of life anD accepting death as natural. The rash of scary clown events in the news,of the past few months might indicate that our projetted fear is shifting to the uncertainty of a post-factual world. While I embrace the call to a clowning revolution it would appear that the resistance to it had already taken root.

    1. It is interesting that the fear of clowns has reached its pinnacle just now. I would suggest that we simultaneously have become fearful, and embraced the clown without realizing it. Donald Trump as president is the epitome of a political clown, and as a nation we embraced him. On the other side, Bernie Sanders represented what I believe is a positive revolution of a political clown and in a similar manner, I think that Pope Francis is a type of religious clown. (This is actually a foretaste of the sequel to Burning Religion –> Clowns in the Pulpit)

      So, on one hand, we have rejected it, and on the other hand, we embrace it (in Santa Claus, Cirque Du Soleil, politics…). It is an interesting tension this colorphobia/colorphilia we have.

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