Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Keeping Your Sense of Humor

Slate had an article yesterday about the increasing supply of humor. I can't really tell if Peter Hyman is being ironic or if he is honestly disturbed by the pervasiveness of humor. (He says at one point "...up until a few years ago, these situations were relegated to the realm of the interpersonal, which one could limit by sitting at home in the dark and avoiding all human contact. But this luxury no longer exists." People and their humor! Bah, humbug! Also, we must be hanging out with very different people if he thinks that Fletch is the most over-reference movie ever.)

When he asks "What is the upside of being funny?", he doesn't even address the stress relief aspect of humor. Humor makes you smile, makes you laugh. It lifts your mood and makes it easier to deal when things aren't going your way. We laugh about silly things to get our mind off serious things. We laugh about things we otherwise take seriously to keep ourselves from going mad. We need a break from worry from time to time. In this world where there is so much to worry about, we need a break that much more.


Anonymous John said...

Humor is evil. Hitler loved a good joke. Everyone in Germany used to say that about him - "Der Fuhrer loves a good joke!", they'd say, only in German. In fact, Hitler was particularly fond of the classic, "A Priest, a Rabbi and a Methodist Minister walk into a bar ...", type jokes. He was working on a compendium of them during the early part of the war under the working title, "Mein Camp!" Some weren't so good, but Eva would always laugh. (Hear that ladies - stand by your man!)

So, watch out the next time sombody tells you a joke - it could be someone on the street, a family member, that nerd in the cube to your left, or a member of the clergy.

Clergy? Hey, did you hear the one about the priest, the rabbi and the methodist minister? I got a whole book of 'em!

- John

9/21/2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger SpakKadi said...

It's a bit early to be inciting Godwin's Law, don't you think? You have to at least pass through McKenna's Law first.

9/21/2006 10:14 PM  
Anonymous John said...

So, if it's on the web, it must be true? Is that what you're saying?

I don't know what this has to do with anything, but it's all I can come up with right now.

- John

9/22/2006 7:58 AM  

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