Knowledge can be both a blessing and a curse....and Power is frequently abused, so the two are not synonymous with Understanding and WIsdom, which,
for me personally, is far more important that power in and of itself. I have enough, and that suits me just fine. I do not seek Dominion over anyone
other than myself....and that is the greatest Power one can ever hope to attain, from my personal experience.
Knowledge/Power can be blessing when fully mature and a curse when still in it's infancy.
Wisdom itself is not born by amassing information, rather, it is gained by understanding
that information, and processing ii wisely into a
clearly defined goal and symbiotic inheritance of what it is to be human in the various planes of understanding and awareness.
I've been hearing people scream at me to "wake up" to their level of understanding for well over twenty years now, and I have learned, that by blindly
adopting another's "wake up call" you victim to becoming little more than another sheep in a different herd.
When one attains the path of true liberation from informational overload and finds their straight path, it is the most wonderful self-acknowledgement
of Truth one can ever experience....(it also makes for some really wonderful coffee conversations down at the ol' Chestnut Tree).
Of course, your experiences may vary.
While I can appreciate some elements of this interpretation of the Tarot Fool...I must admit my journey has led me to a different understanding. He's
not really a fool, but rather a dreamer and an optimist, a visionary of a better, happier and more enlightened society where we are free to imagine
the possibilities of a return to innocence. His faithful companion, the trusty canine, is there as a reminder of unconditional love and protection.
While the butterfly may serve as an ideal, and the cliff a caution, we cannot be for sure that the Fool actually plummets to his demise. That is
where discretion and reminders to keep one eye on the dream, and the other firmly rooted in reality. It's a profound metaphor for the spiritual and
material realms, as the Fool/Dreamer/Visionary is inspired by the Heavenly Ideals, but must remain wary of the Material Plane. Hence, through this
duality we all experience in this world, the Fool reminds us that we are all subject to folly should we fail to take into account all variables of the
realities of the information around us.
Profound thread....thank you very much for the opportunity to contribute.
I hope I didn't prattle on too much.
May your roads rise up to meet you, and may the wind be at your backs.
edit on 11/7/15 by GENERAL EYES because: trademark formatting - sorry about that