"The Fool by Erehwon
In medieval times, the wisest man was the court fool. The king's advisors
were often sycophants, who would agree with anything the king said, and tell him
whatever they thought he wanted to hear. But whenever a group of people does the
same thing, it's almost impossible to tell whether it's a good thing or not.
Therefore, it was the fool's job to parody any proposal under discussion. The
fool's jokes forced the king to re-examine the situation, and often brought up
new issues that were previously unseen. In this way, the king protected himself
from the truly bad ideas brought before him, and could better determine what
course of action to take.
It is from this hallowed basis that the tradition of Malkavian pranking
arises. We are the court fools, who must ridicule the ideas and suppositions put
before us. By our pranks, we force people to challenge their assumptions, and
look at things in another way. By our pranks, we reopen the minds of others to
another view of reality. By our pranks, we make people think. Without us, the
sect would stagnate and die. So prank well, and prank often."