When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

To our veterans, Thank You.

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Remember the two masks from Greek theater: one expressed comedy and the other tragedy.

In contemporary American secular culture we are strong on tragedy and light on comedy.  Few, if any, public commentators, and far fewer political leaders, have the wit of Will Rogers who once proclaimed that it was not difficult to be funny when the government was working for you.

Think about it.  Isn’t something missing in public narration?  Is there not a place for humor in life?  Wouldn’t we all feel better if a politician could laugh at himself or herself and bring a sense of human perspective to the tasks of the day.

Humor, you see, stabilizes us.  Defuses a tense situation.  Reminds us that we are not, nor are our adversaries, the picture of perfection.

Those who can laugh are telling us that they are not fooled, they see us and themselves and – yes, the enemy is often us.

Those who laugh show wisdom and intelligence.  They know life and how to live it.

Those who laugh confirm our intentional divine design flaw: that we are (without often knowing it) funnier than we realize and especially so when lost in our officious stupor.

Think again, what does God make in all creation that can laugh and create humor? Only the human.

Do you not suppose it is significant that we can laugh and find the humor in life? Is it not best of all that we have the ability to laugh at ourselves?

To laugh at oneself is sane, disarming, humbling and, well – human.

Humor often arises out of deep pain, a recognition of something hard to understand.  Humor defuses that pain, and fear as well.

Humor reminds us of the child within us, the freedom we once knew to play and “have fun.”  Humor sees truth, sees the naked self – the emperor disrobed.  It has an aesthetic quality, for it sees reality – past, present and future.  It tells us what is true and what is ultimate.

In the end we are still children of God.  Children laugh.  We should too.

Shalom.

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