“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” ― W.B. Yeats
"In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood had as iron, Water like a stone, Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago."-  Christina Rossetti
Thus,   to   be   Rabelaisian,   means   to   be   totally   outrageous,   raunchy,   crude   in every    way,    absolutely    stubborn    in    matters    of    truth,    relentless    against hypocrisy,    and    against    all    forms    of    popular    opinion;    but,    also,    in    a    more profound   way,   it   means   axiom   busting.   For   example,   see   how   this   is   done   in the   juicy   story   of   how   Paris   got   its   name.   The   aim   is   not   to   be   outrageous   for the   sake   of   being   outrageous.   Rabelais   provides   the   reader   with   a   method   to free   man   from   mediocrity,   a   method   that   every   Platonist   has   used   throughout history,   and   which   consists   in   going   to   war   against   the   mediocrity   of   deductive logic,   and   releasing   those   powers   of   reason   which   are   developed   though   the individual’s   re-cognition   of   discoveries   of   principle.   Leibniz   called   this   the   Art of   Invention;   that   is,   you   don’t   know   what   curve   you   are   going   to   discover,   but you   know   what   property   is   required   to   construct   it.   The   same   principle   of discovery   applies   to   the   Rabelaisian   giant:   you   don’t   know   where   you   are going   to   end   up,   but   you   know   how   to   get   there.   You   don’t   know   what   will make you a genius, but you know what will destroy the disease of mediocrity. From   the   vantage   point   of   this   method,   the   humanism   of   Rabelais   concerns every   one   of   us   today,   in   every   country   of   this   globe,   in   any   period   of   history. A new   Renaissance   will   be   assured   of   its   victory,   on   the   day   when   all   the   citizens of   the   world   take   to   heart   the   warning   of   Rabelais   about   the   terrible   ending   of the   “sheep   of   Panurge,”   and   heed   the   call   to   participate   in   his   hearty   laugh, and choose to become, indeed, Rabelaisians. Francois Rabelais was a French writer. He was also a monk who later decided to become a doctor. A true renaissance man he believed in the power of laughter and wine. We are alive on the planet so enjoy yourself and be kind. Sometimes in literature one will see mention of being Rabelaisian so what does it mean? It means to be a bit crude, a tad shocking and being dedicated to the truth as well as calling out hypocrisy when you see it and be hesitant to follow popular opinion. He also had disdain for anything mediocre. Panurge was a character in his book Gargantua & Pantagruel. Panurge was a knave albeit a crafty one. Panurge buys a sheep and is furious with the merchant because he felt he paid too much for the sheep. So in a fit of rage he throws the sheep into the sea-and the other sheep, being sheep) follow him into the sea. In French there is a phrase mouton de panurge whish refers to an individual that will blindly follow others no matter the consequences.
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“She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.” - Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
Follow the leader was a game we played as children - it’s time to grow up.
“Seeing how sorrow eats you, defeats you. I'd rather write about laughing than crying, For laughter makes men human, and courageous.” ― François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel Suddenly, I do not know how, it happened, I did not have time to think, Panurge, without another word, threw his sheep, crying and bleating, into the sea. All the other sheep, crying and bleating in the same intonation, started to throw themselves in the sea after it, all in a line. The herd was such that once one jumped, so jumped its companions. It was not possible to stop them, as you know, with sheep, it's natural to always follow the first one, wherever it may go. — Francois Rabelais, Quart Livre, chapter VIII
“Let's face it. We live in a command-based system, where we have been programmed since our earliest school years to become followers, not individuals. We have been conditioned to embrace teams, the herd, the masses, popular opinion -- and to reject what is different, eccentric or stands alone. We are so programmed that all it takes for any business or authority to condition our minds to follow or buy something is to simply repeat a statement more than three or four times until we repeat it ourselves and follow it as truth or the best trendiest thing. This is called "programming" -- the frequent repetition of words to condition us how to think, what to like or dislike, and who to follow.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem