So, I won't go on and on about one of my favorite subjects--the Tarot and its archetypes, numerical symbolism, and general mystical juju. But I will pause here a moment and give some props to big number zero--the Fool. There's something very groovy, very freeing about being a zero--you can slip around to any number--before it, after it--and change its value considerably. Since you have no rules, you don't need to follow any--you are non-dogmatic; you are pure instinct.
Enter the Jester, the Fool--the wisest guy in the room (and if you doubt, just donate a few well-spent hours to King Lear's Fool, A Midsummer Night's Dream's Nick Bottom or Puck, Hamlet's Gravedigger, or As You Like It's Touchstone).
These guys could see the drama, but they weren't players in it--not really. They were dancers and sleight-of-hand choreographers.
They were experts at reading the time(s), but they were also master clockmakers, clock-breakers, and time-manipulators.
Maybe we need to cultivate a little zero-energy, a little foolhardiness, a little clock-break-ery to get us through the discord of our own mad times.