H U M O R’S * W A Y
“There are only two profound ways to reach enlightenment: Laugh by yourself, or get tickled.” —Saurabh Sharma
Humor’s way to life’s sweet spot climaxes in the laughter of insight.
“Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.” —Leo Rosten
It weaves intermingling streams of thought on serious issues.
“Some things are so serious you have to laugh at them.” —Niels Bohr
The literal current tickles the intellect.
“Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way. Otherwise, all you have is an opinion.” —Marilyn vos Savant
Literally, the intellect is the logical, rational, reasoning faculty. Figuratively, it is the high court of thought.
“Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence.” —Friedrich Engels
The metaphoric current tickles a different organ.
“Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.” —Edward de Bono
The imaging faculty interprets what the senses perceive.
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” —Mark Twain
Where literal straight lines meet figurative punch lines, a funny thing happens.
“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” —C. S. Lewis
The intermingled streams converge in laughter.
“Laughter is an orgasm, triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense.” —Anonymous
And the best laughs are insights into our self.
“The only journey is the one within.” —Rainer Maria Rilke