Tears of a Clown

It’s hard to believe perhaps that Woody Allen is in his 72nd year. I read this quote by him recently about his – ‘I have gained no wisdom, no insight, no mellowing.’ It’s a sad comment from a man who has made so many people laugh. But like many comedians who have amused others by highlighting the absurdities of life the funny facade hides an inner emptiness. They have found humour in the absurd because like Allen they have gained no wisdom or insight and consequently no mellowing. How sad that at 70+ and after 30 years of therapy Woody Allen still finds himself at odds with an absurd world.

Sadly Allen has not discovered what the Teacher did in Ecclesiastes when he considered the meaninglessness of life. That the great purpose in life is found in this, ‘Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.'(Ecclesiastes 12:13)

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