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[TBS]$ vi ~/TBS/juggle.txt
Practically everyone at TBS can Juggle. How this started is a mystery even to
Doubtless the pleasure is as great Of being cheated, as to cheat. As lookers-on feel most delight, That
least perceive a juggler's sleight, And still the less they understand, The more th' admire his slight of hand.
According to the Random House Dictionary, to juggle is "to keep several objects, such as balls, in motion in the air simultaneously by tossing and catching." It also means, says the same source, "to manipulate in order to deceive, as by trickery." Other dictionaries and encyclopedias say much the same thing: "The dexterous manipulation of objects," as well as "the action of a person who tries to do something dishonest, especially with money." Dexterity and dishonesty, virtuosity and vice - our culture has always both admired and distrusted this most ancient act.
In all true jugglers there is a bit of the child, a bit of the con-man, a bit of the demonic conjurer. Juggling can be pure fun, a solo game with no winners or losers. It can win prestige or money by dazzling others with skill. It can seize the soul with an unquenchable desire to master the seemingly impossible. Taken to heart, the act of juggling raises basic issues of human existence: where is the true balance point between casual enjoyment and serious mastery? Between "Look at me!" and "Watch this :..."? Between sincere commitment and foolish obsession?
Though juggling by itself carries no inherent morality, the thoughtful person who practices this
ancient rite often comes to draw analogies where none were seen before. Perhaps any activity, pursued
with dedication, discipline, and passion will lead to such analogies between the beloved activity and
(what we imagine to be) the True Principles of All Reality. Jugglers can find their own special metaphors
for their own brand of metaphysics: