Hello, Astree and E*. Excellent discussion…and on topic, too! I must admit that oftentimes I enjoy being “contrary”and a clown, myself. I think the reason fits nicely into Astree’s observation of “the Hegelian dialectic, which basically states that humans understand something if it is framed in polar opposites, like good / evil … or maybe meek / bold :)” As another example I would like to mention the polar opposites joy and sorrow which is often expressed through laughing and crying. I believe that the role of the Contrary/Clown Warriors was (still is?) to teach people…especially the younger generation not valuable…but priceless…life lessons while maximizing laughter in order to minimize crying. If I ever have the choice I know which One I’ll choose. There are many lessons to learn. What brings True joy (contentment) and what does not?
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