Friday, 13 April 2007

Funny Peculiar

I've always been the sort of person who likes to make jokes and laugh at the absurdities of life. Recently, though I've found that this sort of attitude encourages people to think of me as somebody who is not "serious"--as though my opinions are of less importance than others.

To me, humour is the highest art of which Humanity is capable. It's a poor kind of person who can't make a joke. And I'm not referring to mindlessly repeating some gag you heard in a bar. I mean actually inventing something yourself.

What do you think? Are funny people smart? Or stupid? Does being funny make you less "serious"?

5 comments:

Bob Johnson said...

I think that some of the most brilliant people in history have been humourists. Whether through political necessity or choice, many choose to expose the world as it really is through satire, irony and parody.
My sense is that those who think that they are goofy, or lack the ability to have deep thoughts, are the ones who lack the depth to "get it".
BTW, good to see you back again!

Richie said...

Thank you Bob, and that's an enlightening argument-I personally find that "comedy" is a more natural way of looking at the world than "tragedy", or at least, a more fulfilling viewpoint for observing this crazy world.

Mary said...

Richie,
there are so many great
and celebrated people,
down the ages, who have your viewpoint.

Not only is it more
enjoyable to look on
our world as a comedy,
it promotes health and
happiness.

We're herd animals, so being sociable makes us
happier. "Smile and the world smiles with you/Weep and you weep alone." Well, the old saw has some truth in it.

And then, there's Bennet Cerf, with his
"Laughter Is the Best
Medicine." I think there's some scientifically valid
evidence for the truth of that statement, too.

Mary

Jen said...

I think that truly witty people are very intelligent. I dont think that your mind can work that quickly unless youre sharp and have something going on upstairs.

If you think about it most of the really humorous things said are only funny because there is alot of truth to the observation.

Scruffyhippo said...

I was once told that laughter is a form of healing, which if you think about it is true, when we are in a lighter mood with less cares we feel better!

I was told this once by a great healer when (long before I did my Reiki) I had said I couldn't be a healer, he turned to me and said " You are already a great healer, you come into a group and make them laugh and forget their troubles, therefore you are a healer.
I never forgot that and would say the same here, if you can make people laugh at themselves and at each other you will always have an audience

Scruffyhippo x