“Transcendence restores humor. Spirit restores humor. Suddenly, smiling returns. Too many representatives of too many movements – even many very good movements, such as feminism, environmentalism, meditation, spiritual studies – seem to lack humor altogether. In other words, they lack lightness, they lack a distance from themselves, a distance from the ego and its grim game of forcing others to conform to its contours.”
— Ken Wilber
Humour allows us to see things that we normally take seriously from a different perspective. This allows us to stretch our mind. If we can’t laugh at what we hold sacred then what does that reveal? If something holds truth does finding humour in it take away from that truth? Can it be that it reveals to us something that we have not fully understood or integrated? From what i have experienced, the more aware a person is, the more they smile, laugh and jest. They have examined what they know and what they believe to be true from all angles so they have discovered the funny parts. Contrariwise, those who take things all fired seriously and resent or condemn humour towards their belief (or lack of it, most atheists (as opposed to agnostics who tend to be fairly humorous) are not only dogmatic as hell but oh so very serious about it. This also tends to be true of fundamentalists of all stripes. Hmmm it seems that an all or nothing approach towards a faith sucks the humour right out of a room.
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