The Potent Fool: Shedding New Light on Potentiality and Staying Creative in a Global Risk Society

By Sally Colin-James.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The Potent Fool: Shedding New Light on Potentiality and Staying Creative in a Global Risk Society.

With the advent of the ‘radical’ and ‘extreme’ occurring across all factions of local and global societies, how do we as individuals stay inspired by the spaces in which we live, work and play?

In his article Self in the City Social Commentator and Cartoonist Michael Leunig says, ‘the great popular project of modern government and mass media (the corrupt projects): the great groovy work is not primarily to heal, but to normalise what is unhealthy and to make acceptable and exciting those soul-destroying things to which we have been chained.’

In an environment which, according to Leunig, is becoming ‘monstrous and traumatic’ how do we stimulate and follow through with the changes we know are necessary for transformation of the spaces in which we live?

In her work Understanding Deleuze, Claire Colebrook explains that our true pathway for change (and indeed invention) lies in the unmanifest realm of ‘virtual difference’. A space of pure potentiality. And further, Colebrook proposes that in order to intuit the virtual powers of this realm that are capable of transforming life beyond what it is to what is might become, we must look at ‘the bizarre, aberrant and different expressions of human life’.

In this paper I will investigate the emergence of the Potent Fool: a master of potentiality. And whose propensity for the bizarre, aberrant and different must be sought, once more, as a means for creatively inspired change in a global landscape that often threatens to diminish individual creative endeavour.

Keywords: The Fool, Potentiality, Creativity, Global Risk Society, Global Change, Bizarre, Aberrant and Different, Social Change, Creative Endeavour, Giorgio Agamben, Vicki Janik, Bruce Lipton, Michael Leunig, Kevin Brophy, Enid Welsford, Michelangelo, Sally Colin-James, The Potent Fool

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 11, pp.91-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.878MB).

Ms. Sally Colin-James

Doctoral Candidate, Deakin University, School of Communications and Creative Arts, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia


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