I am talking about England, and I am neither being despairing nor sarcastic.
In a desperate situation, there often arises an admiration for shrewdness, cunning, calculation, strategic planning...
But when the desperate situation is self-inflicted, then all this knowingness works against you.
To allow oneself to become a fool is to trust in the unknown (call it the 'magical'); and as a way forward it has potential for both evil and good. It has also the potential for self-deception - one may simply be pretending folly.
To be a fool is not to be going anywhere in particular, certainly not anywhere that you know about - but it may be a good way to get out from where you are (when you, deep down, don't what to be there).
Nothing can be said about where it will all end-up (nothing should be said). That is the whole point.
Somehow the magic must be let-in. And sometimes this is the only way.
See also - http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/a-fool-for-god.html