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  • hardie karges 8:08 am on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Allen Ginsberg, , humor,   

    Humor Is That Special Sauce… 

    Can I get a side-order of humor with my reality sandwiches? Thanks, Allen. Make that ‘to go’, please, also, and don’t forget the pickle, haha. But all kidding aside, laughter is the best medicine, now, is it not, to cure what ails you? And IMHO that’s true in some kind of direct proportion to the severity of the ailment, whether spiritual, psychological, or existential, i.e. the worse you got it, the more you need it; laughter, that is. But even on a normal day, humor is a good palliative for what ails you, just a spoonful of sugar to help reality go down. Because suffering is the bottom line, now, isn’t it? In Buddhism it is. But that doesn’t mean that we have to be miserable. We just need to keep the suffering to a minimum. That’s more important than having the latest fashions…

    • Dave Kingsbury 6:01 pm on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nice one, Hardie, totally agree that laughter is the best medicine. My dictionary gives two meanings of ‘suffer’ – one is about pain and the other, archaic, is tolerate. That needs perspective I’d say, all things being relative, and nothing beats humour for perspective.

      • hardie karges 8:46 pm on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanx, Dave. Yes, good point about the dual nature of the word ‘suffer’ as transitive or intransitive, but not sure it’s so archaic. After all, I still don’t suffer fools gladly, haha. I might have to use that somewhere…

        • Dave Kingsbury 4:56 am on February 9, 2019 Permalink

          Me neither, though I probably expect others to suffer my folly occasionally. The second meaning comes closer to ‘experience’, I think, which makes it something we can all share – even the more fortunate. Then of course there’s empathy and compassion …

  • hardie karges 3:15 pm on December 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humor, , , , satire, ,   

    Kerry to ISIL Leaders: “Get Lives. Get Wives. Get Laid ASAP”… 

    Funny how all the suicidal bombers and blow-up artists in the world have never been accused of being suicidal—okay, not so funny. But it certainly runs counter to the common narrative that depression is the cause of suicide—period. Narratives are not to be confused with truth, though, of course. People commit suicide for many reasons, including poverty, heartbreak, frustration, and old age, none of which are depression, strictly speaking.

    Then there are so-called ‘suicide bombers’ in the service of various intifadahs and jihads, who give their lives so that others may have better lives, and to serve Allah, so to speak. So they aren’t truly suicidal; or are they? I’d like to offer another theory: now we all know the extents and depths to which sexual frustration can lead, but can it make you violent? Can it make you suicidal? (More …)

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