Sacred, Scarred and Scared.


At our core, we are sacred, scared and scarred.

We are sacred in that we hold ourselves to be so. We validate ourselves as sacred, and from that validation comes a deep rooted sense of our own sanctity. This is a self-referential truism which in one sense requires no further explanation. It’s why we feed ourselves, respond to insult and praise, pursue goals. It’s why we seek to protect and defend ourselves, relentlessly, our whole lives.

We are scarred. Life deals us blows. Some glance off us, others strike deep, still other blows wound and bleed us white over time. We all carry scars. The genesis of the scars are manifold; the mother who cared too little; the father with endless expectations; the suffocating and controlling parent; the jealous sibling; the disloyal lover; the bullying boss.   Fooling recognises scarring as a human universal.

We protect ourselves from further hurt to avoid more scars by defending ourselves: we are distant, charming, disarming, dishonest, cunning, sarcastic and humorous. We thereby seek to avoid humiliation, exploitation, betrayal, loneliness, and all the other wounds. Our defences work hard for us, reflexively because we are scared of further injury. This fear is another human universal.

In recognising that we are all sacred, scared and scarred, we acknowledge an unspoken truth of the human condition. No individual can be understood without this recognition: who we are, and how we are, and how we interact, depend on the truth of the fact that we hold ourselves sacred, scared and scarred.

In foolish theatre, this is located in the archetypal realm. It is expressed in its purest form there. It is also expressed through the plays executed in the middle of the stage where we do a play: these plays are informed by our recognition of SSS. In the same way, SSS is expressed through commentary and demonstration, speculation and judgment at the front of the stage