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Humor Is it Funny?

Jokes are funny. Cynicism can be moderately humorous too! But what makes us laugh at humor? Perhaps we have a desire to laugh – we only need a reason. With less face-to-face communication, we appreciate any sense of humor, in which we can delight. Smiling faces and smiley faces of all varieties, with winks and kisses are all the buzz online and on your communication device. But perhaps, all of this texting / messaging, binging, pinging and other ”–inging” is preventing clear communication. So any opportunity to smile face-to-face, with others, is surely a welcomed opportunity. A good joke is the best way to start the day, or at anytime.

But what is it about good joke that causes us to chuckle or laugh? Is it the timing of the joke?  Is it the  delivery, or the concluding phrase, which makes us smirk, smile or feel an internal tickle that will likely result in laughter?

Maybe our response to the humor-gaining methods is related our mood. Or maybe, our response to the stimulus – the comedian telling anecdotes or jokes – depends on the wit and sass of the comic. Why is it that some comedians start of their bit by insulting the audience? Is this so that whatever they say next, will be perceived as better than initial insult and thereby be considered funny?

Do the comedian’s jokes even need too be funny? Some comics use swearing, cursing, mocking and negative statements and phrases to get a laugh from the audience. Do these comics deliver their bit in this way, because they believe that the audience is desperate to release stress and tension? Needing a good laugh so dearly, that just about anything the comedian says will generate at least a smirk? Can a smile bring about laughter?

What about Laughter Yoga? This is a fun method – if I am correct in my understanding – where a group of people sit in a circle, and smile at one another, until they all begin to laugh. No jokes, puns, innuendos, insults, negativity or any other “silly stuff”. But all of the group members eventually begin to laugh, and share in the collective fun, without a word being uttered.

Speaking of group laughter, what about improvisational comedy skits, with role-playing. This is great spontaneous fun? What about Theatre Sports for engaging humor? In this system of interactive comedy, the audience members are invited to participate in the skit. But each chosen participant will need to improvise their role and their lines? Surely, this is great fun. In this method, the audience members are  creating the laughing process for themselves while having great fun. Funny stuff : )

How to Think

Recently I was speaking with my friend about thinking. It might seem like a strange topic and slightly odd. But, even while not being an official Philosopher, I felt I could contribute to this discussion in a thoughtful way.

I had just completed reading a book specifically about thinking. Having read this book numerous times, I am slowly beginning to understand how to think. Is it an obvious process that everyone knows how to postulate an idea and then they consider that they have thought? Not exactly correct. On the average, it might seem that thought processes begin through the pursuit of knowledge. Then, once one has attained that knowledge, one will make an effort to understand the knowledge and thereby possibly come to understand the knowledge. Then one will gain wisdom from having the understanding of the knowledge and use this wisdom to learn and grow through acquiring additional knowledge.  This is one possible method for thinking.

But there is another perspective on the thinking process and its development. What if we first suppose that one should first focus on refining our faculty of thought and our thinking processes? Then having achieved this goal, we will we strive to develop wisdom and refine our faculty of thought. Through having developed our ability to develop wisdom and having refined our faculty of thought, we will come to understand our own process of thinking and realize how we acquire knowledge within our brain and within our being. Thereafter we can now strive to acquire knowledge and be able to utilize the knowledge practically.

There is clearly an Internet and it seems to be a vast database of inter-connected systems (servers & ports), housing and referring massive amount of information (data) and routing it to various search engines. Is it a bizarre postulation that perhaps the real Internet is really the world as a whole in which we exist? That perhaps we are the portals, servers connected to various ports, comprising a network and receiving and distributing data to the world through our very existence. Just through our perceiving, processing, thinking, refining, developing & redistributing data we are being shaped and shaping the construct – the world.

It is not so important what we search for on the internet or what great information it contains. It is of greatest importance how we interact with the data; and simultaneously are the data, which powers the construct of which we are simultaneously composed.

Based in part of the works of Schneur Zalman, of Liadi – The TANYA – Through My Continuous Reading of this Great Work I Have Come to Think Differently.

How to Be Joyful

I once heard it remarked by a great contemporary sage, that to be joyful one must travel. Another great sage exclaimed to be joyful, one only needs to eat meat as a treat. So which is it? Does one need to travel to be joyful, or to eat meat in a delightful way? Perhaps both methods will result in great joy; depending on to where one travels and the quality of the meat. For example, one could enjoy a great steak and thereby become full of vigor and convert this newly fortified energy into joy. Or one could travel to some great paradise and bask in the beauty.

To be sure, one wants to be happy and full of joy. But is this any easy task to accomplish. If it were so simple, then would not everyone be joyful? If being elated were so simple, then would people need counsellors, doctors and prescriptions to be jubilant, or just plan glad? Obviously not. So, it is a complex matter, then to be ecstatic. Is there a formula for being in a good mood? It is on this topic that we will now, for a moment ponder, and make an effort to explore.

Is doing what you love, or most enjoy, and then making a career out of it, the path to true happiness? Why not? What could possibly be better? Maybe this is the key to the portal of cheerful bliss. One could extrapolate, that great friends are essential to being content. While there is adage, “That misery loves company.” Could it not instead be more correct to say?: “That delightfulness is best, when shared amongst friends.” One could then have parties, start community clubs and expand ones social network. Surely this would garner many friends. To have a good friend, must one also be good friend? This is probably likely. So, would it not follow that one should endeavor to be jolly and merry, and will thereby encounter like-minded people.

Possibly, one should just be full of joy and one will be joyful. Traveling and eating meat might also be great; unless of course you are a vegetarian. Then a veggie burger, or some soy-based food might be more pleasing to your palate.

Could it be that for every person there is a different interpretation of fun? Maybe, that is why it unclear – how to be joyful. Until we can agree on a shared perception of what makes one happy, we cannot speak intelligently about being in such a state of mind.