Your Never to Old to Be Clowning Around

April 8, 2010

Someone asked me the other day if I was having trouble thinking of things to write in my blog. Actually I have the opposite problem. There are so many things I want to write about it’s difficult to choose out of the vast array of subjects that interest me. However, since I revealed my inner clown to the world at large (check out the photo attached to my last posting) I’ve been doing a little research on clowning in general and Patch Adams in particular.

You may remember the Robin Williams film about Patch Adams and how he began to introduce humor into the hospital setting as a tool for healing. . At any rate, the real Dr. Patch Adams is alive and well and at 65 is still clowning around and advocating for social change!

Adams has stated that as a child he encountered institutional injustice which made him a target for bullies at school. As a result, he was unhappy and became actively suicidal. After being hospitalized three times in one year for wanting to end his life, he decided "you don't kill yourself; you make revolution." According to Adams, ever since this realization, he has been active with no breaks in his revolution for love, peace, and justice.

He feels that if the people don’t begin to value love instead of power and money that we will destroy ourselves. Adams has said if he had the power to do so, he would solve this problem by handing all positions of power over to women, because, "all the problems of the world are due to men." According to Adams, his mother "showed [him] the miracle of being nice, of being kind, of being generous, as a way of life. This did not make [him] political until [he] grew up and realized that her world was not the world."

We could all do with being a little kinder in this world and to open our hearts to our neighbors. Click here to check out Dr. Patch Adams’ Gesundheit Institute.


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