There has been a long standing tradition of the village idiot, the mystic loner, the artists, the musicians, or whatever you want to call them.
There isn’t one singular definition of who or what they are, it’s just someone who’s a bit different, and in fact it’s probably offensive to call them idiots or fools, or any other number of possible insults.
They usually don’t care, but they sometimes do care, and it’s like calling a person with intellectual disabilities a retard. It may be somewhat true, and obvious, but it’s still not nice to say it.
In the history of Judaism there is a place for these people, they are called messhugah or meshugah which is Hebrew for insane. Not only are these people considered somewhat valuable to the society, they were actually the prophets who wrote the bible.
From the second link: “Here is how Maimonides describes the experience of prophets receiving prophecy: “Their limbs tremble, their physical powers become weak, they lose control of their senses, and thus, their minds are free to comprehend what they see.”
You take the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, ascend to the level of Adam before he ate it, or after he did, see a four headed flying beast in the sky floating in a ring made of eyes, and it tells you things.
Such as in Ezekiel 9: And as I listened, He said to the others, “Follow him through the city and start killing; do not show pity or spare anyone! 6Slaughter the old men, the young men and maidens, the women and children; but do not go near anyone who has the mark. Now begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. 7Then He told them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go forth!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city.…
Many have suggested that Ezekiel may have been insane, although the people he was trying to kill were sacrificing children in the temple of Moloch which was destroyed at around that time, apparently. He is famously quoted in the movie Pulp Fiction, or rather misquoted. That verse in the movie is actually completely different, a mish mash of different verses.
However, I actually like Tarantino’s version better, and the bible keeps getting rewritten all the time anyway, new translations, they take out a book, add a book, so why not just write your own one? That’s what I’m doing, with the help of other people, and thank God for these interesting and unusual people. It’s not the end of the world, it was only the beginning of it.
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”