"Man suffers because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun." -Alan Watts
The joker sees life and it's social constructs as a series of games.
He doesn't trivialize life by doing this, but he sees it for what it is.
A game to be played, and the point of the game is the game itself. The point of the game is to play.
This gives the joker the freedom to express, work, and create without the crushing expectation of a certain outcome.
This also means the joker can move freely throughout life without being boxed in or chained to a certain expectation of himself. The joker can experience every moment as unique.
When we choose to take a different perspective from that of the joker, we tend to get sucked into the game.
It's similar to our emotions. When we get so wrapped up in our emotions that they envelope us and we can't see the big picture beyond our whirlwind of feelings.
In the same way these social constructs can suck us in and wrap us up to the point of debilitating anxiety, an obsession with a desired outcome, and the idea that the game has a point besides the game itself.
The game of money, the climbing of the corporate ladder, the development of social status, even the game of personal physical fitness.... all of these are games to be played, and are no bigger than us as an individual or as a whole.
These games are created by us. We tend to forget that.
When I first listened to this concept delivered by Alan Watts, it hit me like a spinning back kick to the face.
I frequently get caught up in the game of money, the development of fitness, business and how I'm viewed by others.
It's not very difficult for me to get tunnel vision, attach myself to the outcomes of my work, and lose sight of the bigger picture.
The concept of the joker's perspective frees my mind and allows me to create what I'm here to create, interact with people the way I'm built to interact, and do it without the crippling attachment of a certain outcome.
The realization that the point of the game is the game itself anchors me in the moment, and allows me to make each moment as powerful as possible.
I believe we're all here for a purpose.
Our purpose is as unique as our own fingerprint.
Detaching yourself from the outcome, and keeping a joker's perspective on all of life's games will allow you to leave your fingerprint on the world.
So take a step back, observe the games from a light hearted point of view, and play.