“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times…”
Hamlet, Act V, scene i.
Last time, I ended my post pretty bleakly.
The Fool is dead. Long live Folly.
In Hamlet, the curtain closes and the play ends. The Fool is dead, and so is everyone else. The kingdom is swallowed up by the invader. Hamlet is a tragedy. It ends accordingly.
That’s not the end of the story, though.
In the end of all ends, there is life and love and beauty, and beautiful, loving, living folly.
Beauty may die in the second act, but it will rise again. It will not lie in the cold earth, condemned and broken like Ophelia. It will not stay twitching on the floor, consumed by poison. Beauty may die, but it will not stay dead.
Love may wither as the curtain rises. It may grow cold and hard; it may turn to vengeance and bitterness; it may seem that love can never grow again in twisted, sinful hearts. Love may wither, but it will be revived.
Life may be not worth living in the first act. Death will rise and loom as lord of this earth, and it may seem that there is no escape; we can never leave the world without bowing to his dark hand.
Life may lie sealed in a stone cold tomb.
But Beauty rises; love revives; and life goes on and on into eternity.
The Hero of our story is the greatest Fool to ever live. He told of a world turned upside down and backward, where the poor and wretched are blessed the meek and quiet inherit the earth. He showed us that it was impossible to save ourselves, and when we would despair, swooped in to rescue us Himself.
The Fool died; but He rose again.
Now, we have a choice. We can continue believing the Fool is dead, and we can let our own follies reign; or we can join him in his endless joy. Whether our individual stories are tragedies or comedies depends on which side we choose. Choose you this day: Jesus, called the Christ, God’s own Fool; or yourself? You cannot have both.
As for me–
The Fool has died and risen again! Long live my King!