"Long , long ago and far, far away" . . . no, that line has already been used . . .
"Once upon a time" . . . arghh!!!
Oh the difficulty of starting a post!
In the days of kings who had supreme power, which included immediate execution of those people who were deemed to be trouble makers, the slight problem of speaking truth to those monarchs, was an issue of some importance.
Who would do it? And how would they do it?
Well, you could take the direct approach of a prophet (like Jeremiah, who therefore tended to have a pretty hard life, i.e. like being tossed in a cistern as a prison).
But an interesting type of person arose who had an unusual ability to speak truth. It was the court jester. Now we think of the jester as nothing more than a funny guy who did some acrobatics, some sleight of hand, probably told a few funny stories all to entertain his majesty.
In reality, the jesters had a political function where they would use a "back door," "third way" kind of humor to make some painful points. Their jesting was the spoonful of sugar that helped the medicine go down. (Rats, I think that line has been used also!)
Where are the jesters today who help us look at ourselves, laugh at ourselves, not take our selves (with all of our profound opinions) so seriously, and even gain self-awareness and perspective?
Well, there is a self-appointed Jester who uses humor, wit, innuendo, and satire (sometimes biting), to point out naked emperors, silly emperors, self-righteous emperors, tragic emperors, plain ridiculous emperors, theologically stringent emperors and spiritually wierd emperors . . .
. . . And that Jester is - The Wittenberg Door. It is not for everyone. I don't agree with or like some of the stuff they do, but on the other hand, I have laughed so hard at times - it hurt.
Here is a link to the Wittenburg Door and I'll put the link on the sidebar under sites to check out.
p.s. There is a good book on Martin Luther, who made the original Wittenberg Door (note the correct spelling) famous with his 95 Theses! The book is: Martin - God's Court Jester.
p.p.s. This is one of those metaphors I have been thinking about that I mentioned in a post the other week. (Click here to read that post.)