“The human race has one REALLY effective weapon, and that is laughter.” ~ Mark Twain
Remember when we were kids and something funny happened (Cathy fell in the mud or Randy tore his back pocket off and we all saw his pony undies or Sarah sneezed at lunch and milk came out of her nose), we would laugh without hesitation. Go out to the play ground and the laughter was contagious. We laughed freely. We laughed until we fell down…..some laughed until they needed to change britches. We were free to laugh.
So…….when did we become so cynical that laughter was had to be learned again? I distinctly remember my second grade teacher, a prude of a woman, with the thick polyester dress and enormous beehive hair, always looking as though someone had glued her lips together before they painted her like……well the word CLOWN comes to mind, telling our class that it was not nice to laugh when Cindy farted while writing on the blackboard. It was that particular day that I learned a valuable lesson…laughter is freeing!!! No question about it, there’s just something about a good giggle that makes your feel better.
If laughter is so rude, then why does it flow so spontaneously? When the elderly priest stood in front the congregation for communion, bowed his head, sneezed, and his teeth plopped into the chalice….trying to stifle laughter was quite physically painful. Not nearly as painful as the whipping I would have received later, but still I think I pulled some sort of muscle.
Are you permitted to laugh in staff meeting when the CEO gestures to make a point and their pen flies across the room? Is it permissible to laugh when someone gets on the elevator not thinking anyone would be already in the car and they walk in scratching their…..?
I like a good laugh. I’ll even take a bad laugh over cynical disapprovitude any day! If laughter was illegal, comedians would be weapons! It’s fun to laugh. If you can’t find anything funny, stand naked in front of a mirror……now do jumping jacks…….and now turn around……..oh, you thought that was a mirror? That’s my webcam lens. And thank you very much…you’ll be on YouTube shortly.