There are the usual accounts of humour being based on the unexpected or incongruous but I wonder if that really the essence of humour.
I recall years ago being in workshop in which the facilitator was using lots of jokes to manage the audience attitude. I was meditating lightly through his presentation and noticed that his quite reasonable jokes had no impact on me. It was as if my consciousness was above the level at which his humour existed.
On the other hand, if someone is in a good humour then many situations are more enjoyable without any need for the situations to be humourous.
If a subject is serious then I deal with it in a serious manner. There is nothing worse for example at a Works Meeting on some serious topic when some idiot cracks a banal joke which not only falls flat but might interrupt some very important point being made by either side. I always enjoy when such a fool is turned upon by both Management and Workforce alike and humiliated.
I have walked out of a so-called "Training Session" when the presenter started playing the matter for laughs, and taught myself from a DVD on the topic instead. Then again I have always preferred the Auto-Didactic method to being lectured.
Humour has its place, so does sex, eating, drinking, sleeping. Great where appropriate, but not elsewhere.
So as far as I am concerned if I am posting on any Forum and that means it is normally on a topic where I either hold strong views or have information to impart to a questioner, I will leave the jokes out of it and give a straight answer.
Most Fora have a "jokes" section, (even "The Chequered Pavement"), and that is the place for Humour as far as I am concerned.
Now those cartoons are just brilliantly humourous, yet the characters were not trying to be humourous... Right, I am hooked on this topic... why do I find them funny? Blowed if I know the answer to that right now. I will work on it.
We have a natural tendency to see our own situation reflected back to us. If we are emitting 'light heartedness' it will bounce back to us under normal circumstances, even from inanimate things. Like an echo.
Exercise to test this... next time someone asks "how are you?" respond with a very enthusiastic "Excellent, thank you, how..." and see what happens. Also try this exercise with something inanimate and see what happens- if you're game ;D Betcha feel real good both times.
sbs59: Can someone help me with this question. I was a Master Mason for 4 years until last year. My father died and i left the Masons as i was depressed about his death. Can i now re join a lodge?
May 21, 2019 10:07:41 GMT
The Ancient: sbs59: Were you suspended for non payment of dues? if so, square up and petition the lodge for a restatement vote. If your dues are current, your still a member. In this case, it is all about the Benjamins.
May 27, 2019 0:49:07 GMT