Friday, January 4, 2013

The Grand Folly

A column by David Brooks today quoted G.K. Chesterton   

“An obvious instance is that of ordinary and happy marriage. A man and a woman cannot live together without having against each other a kind of everlasting joke. Each has discovered that the other is a fool, but a great fool. This largeness, this grossness and gorgeousness of folly is the thing which we all find about those with whom we are in intimate contact; and it is the one enduring basis of affection, and even of respect.”  This is a wonderful quote about marriage and friendship.  It reminds me why I love Catrinas. Posada's Catrinas (like the one below) are probably most famous, but I see Catrina figurines every day in shops in San Miguel.  At each store window, I am reminded of the energy expended by mortals in the daily tasks, heartaches and celebrations of life.

We do it all, knowing deep inside, as Oscar Wilde said, "One can survive everything, nowadays, except death."  Living is a kind of folly, but we might, in lieu of angst, see the joke Catrinas represent, and, like Chesterton's comments on solid marriages and friendships, become intimate, even bemused friends with the One Who Starts the Clock and Lets Our Time Run Out.

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