Trickster Yucking it up in Washington

I’ve had the best time tonight watching the White House Correspondent’s dinner, DVR’d from last night. Wow. It makes me think back to a post I wrote recently about power and function of the trickster archetype to diffuse the harmful potential in taking ourselves too seriously or holding ourselves in too much reverence. Kings in many ages and countries, as well as shamans in many tribal cultures, have had a full-time jester, or trickster, whose job it is to make fun of the king, of the sacred rites and rituals, and whatever else is in danger of being idealized beyond realistic proportion.

Tonight I am reminded that this function is alive and well in the U.S. of A. Whew. Some roasts going on, a lot of irreverence, no one seems exempt, the jabs are carefully targeted and many of them hilariously conceived of. I laughed out loud at our President over and over. And on it continues. Can’t wait to see the rest.

Whether we are conscious of it or not, I think this is an enormously wise and necessary ritual all of its own. It has been going on in Washington since 1914. I believe it is a self-protective and inspired instinct to have this rite in place.

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2 Responses to “Trickster Yucking it up in Washington”

  1. Nancy Whitlow Says:

    A nun I know, Mary Ellen, who is a self-described political junkie said that she thinks the increasing divisiveness in Washington now is due to the fact that the politicians don’t stay in Washington any more and therefore don’t go out for drinks and such and become friends. Light-heartedness is one of the key ingredients to diffusing tension!

  2. Tayria Ward Says:

    That’s an astute observation. I didn’t realize that they didn’t stay in Washington anymore. It makes so much sense what she says. Wasn’t Obama hilarious? One pundit said if he ever quits politics he could have a career in Hollywood.

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