Self-Medicating with Laughter

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A Day without Laughter is a day wastedSome people are very serious, they take themselves very seriously, and they expect others to do the same.  We all know these people, they are a bore. Contrast that with the person who is always using self-deprecating humor to show their shared humanity. They are likeable and approachable; they are the ones that we love to be around.

Nothing in our lives should be so sacred that we can not use it appropriately for a good hearty belly laugh.  We need to see our faults and follies and take joy in them, for in them we find our humanity, our imperfections that make us unique, those blemishes are the foibles that bind us together with those around us.

Who hasn’t experienced the odd friendly or family gathering where you sit around discuss all the stupid stuff we did when in our youth? Laughter is the result of remembering the times we got away with some silly prank, and the times we saw the hand of punishment descend upon us for missing the opportunity to escape. If we can’t laugh at these times, we need to learn how; it will literally lengthen our lives.

GK Chesterson said, “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”  We too are only able to fly, to succeed, to rise about the crowd, when we take ourselves lightly, laughing at ourselves by getting in touch with our humanity, and realizing our commonality with all those around us.

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About The Pluralist Advocate

The Pluralist Advocate started out this life in a conservative Military oriented community, and he later moved to that bastion of liberal activism called the San Francisco Bay Area. Having lived both ends of the political spectrum he has a unique understanding of both sides of most issues. He was also very religious growing up, serving as a studying the Christian scriptures and even spending some time as a foreign missionary. He used to think he had all the answers to life's greatest questions, but the more he looks around the world, the more he finds a wide variety of different values that work for different people. This blog is an exploration of thought and consideration from as many points of view as can be held at one time. He now holds the position that truth is found in many different disciplines. You may know the Pluralist Advocate around the web and twitter as brihartwell, or his given name of Brian Hartwell. He hates to be narrowly defined by one title, so as you read these musings you may find things you identify with, and others that you despise. That is good. Please share your reactions to the thoughts here and we will all grow together.