How crazy are you?

THE American Crow Indians would sometimes indulge in what they called “crazy dog’’ activities to rescue their lives from spiritual ruts.
The whole tribe would purposefully eat dinner for breakfast, wear their clothes inside-out or bash pots and pans all night.
Being a crazy dog meant being willing to be seen as foolish, weak or strange – for the sake of others and for their own sense of well-being.
There’s a profound meaning to all this. Sometimes we can only see truth by turning our world upside down.
To follow God is to be open to the preposterous; to run against the ways of our world and look foolish while dancing, at least sometimes, to the music of Heaven.
Writer Cynthia Heimel advised: “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.’’
Life is a paradox and some of the greatest truths are revealed to those who believe the seemingly foolish notions that the first are last, the greatest are the least, the strong are the weak, and the meek win it all in the end.


10 thoughts on “How crazy are you?

  1. The Russian Orthodox Church used to (maybe still does), as I understand, have a spiritual role known as “Holy Fool”. The Holy Fools used deliberately bizarre or outrageous behaviour to challenge people”s assumptions and make a point.
    Same sort of idea as the Crow crazy dogs. I often think we could perhaps do with borrowing this idea.


    • In my career as an Actor, I guess that the job frequently demands that one puts aside the rationale and limitations of everyday life; and one can then for a time represent something or things that are extravagent, or foolish or whatever. I consider it to have been a great privilege to have been in it.

      I’m a bit surprised that no-one in the posts referred to the foolish and the confronting that takes place in Zen Buddhism. The puzzling aphorisms do pull up the rational mind with a jerk. Another example of being foolish, I guess.

      cheers, Rian.


  2. We have elected representative to perform our crazy dog activities, The only trouble is how can we get them to restrict it to just one day.


  3. Just how crazy am I? Crazy enough to be a Christian.

    “22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,” 1 Cor. 1:22,23.


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