Our Ethos – School of Comedy. By way of an aside (although not using the post format ‘aside’) here’s something wonderful, the ethos of the school for comedy. Sheldon Kopp articulated Bonhoeffer’s idea that folly – foolishness – is a more dangerous enemy than evil, as evil can be unmasked, but against folly we have no defence. Actually, we do have a defence, that entails exposing the folly by laughing at it as folly, laughing at its folly. Comedy in general, and satire in particular, hold folly up to ridicule, and as in the Harry Potter novel, the Boggart will vanish, magically transformed from what we find terrifying to what we find utterly absurd, thus robbed of its intimidation. Enabling kids to articulate their real true-to-themselves recognition of ridiculousness masquerading as authority, so very common in schools and other aspects of social life, that has the potential if not debunked, if mandatorily subserved, to intimidate and oppress throughout life, is really great ! Long live the School of Comedy !
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