I interrupt the regularly scheduled Part Deux of the thread on "Imitation" to bring you this:
With everything happening in the world today; the upheavals in politics, religion and entertainment, I felt a bit "de-motivated" to write anything serious.
As a matter of fact, I'm feeling de-motivated to write anything very serious at all, ever.
Finding the funny is what gives us a break in life.
A break from troubles, strife, trends, competition, the global economy, and the bombardment by the media of continual "breaking news" 24/7/365.
We are in a heightened state of alert at all times.
We are apprised of anything and everything within a millisecond of its discovery.
There is also very little filter in the news, or in people.
Say whatever comes to your mind.
Just let 'er rip.
We have a zillion outlets for our "expression" and we use them ad infinitum. (Or should I say ad nauseum?)
Wow, it's a lot to absorb.
We get some relief by putting the topics across in a humorous way.
Or do we?
When we point out the foibles of human existence should we do it with laughter?
Is laughter the best medicine?
I wholeheartedly believe there is truth in jest.
Does that jest have to be at the expense of anyone?
It appears lately that it does.
(You may have thought this article was going in one direction and I sent it in another. I'm like that.)
We make fun of what we don't like, understand, or accept.
We take that kernel of truth and we wrap it in a "funny" moment and put it on display.
We have "roasted" people, places and things for centuries.
So if we laugh about it, is it wrong or unkind?
Is it our right to package life in such a way that we get a laugh?
Does that makes it ok?
Does humor release us from responsibility?
I don't think it does.
That being said...
I love laughter.
Especially at myself.
I love taking my life moments and encasing them in humor.
It helps me accept the good and the not-so-good.
As Monty Python said "Always look on the bright side of life." (Dee Dum Dee Dum Dee Dum Dee Dum).
I couldn't agree more.
BUT if the bright side of life is to denigrate, bully, harass, insult, vilify, defame, humiliate, oppress, discriminate, slur or persecute ANYONE is it REALLY funny?
I say, no.
It's a thinly veiled punch in the gut.
(You may not agree with me, and I am totally OK with that.)
Much of the work in my life has revolved around humor.
Early in my career I chose musical comedy instead of drama or tragedy.
Even in the meditation I taught I infused classes with humor to lighten people's burdens.
Literally no one goes to meditation because they have it all together.
At the very least they need a boost.
Granted, there are days I meditate to enhance the peace in my life and there are days I meditate to bring me peace.
The latter is more frequent than the former.
As human beings in the world, life is nothing without ups and downs.
They make us resilient and appreciative.
BUT I digress...
Does he who has the last laugh win?
Laugh together or cry alone?
Does hilarity have to be hurtful?
Facts ARE funny.
There is no doubt about that.
I love comedians who report the facts and how comical they are.
Truth is MUCH funnier than fiction.
I'm not talking about propaganda, hearsay, or opinion.
I'm talking about pick up the newspaper and start reading.
Or watch a very unbiased, neutral newscast like BBC or the English version of Al-Jazeera.
Both sides of any story get representation.
I guarantee if you don't cry and if you look at the "fact's" with new eyes you will:
2) Roll your eyes.
3)Roll on the ground laughing.
Nobody wins if the purpose of humor or communication is hurtful.
Sooner than later this type of humor bestows a swift kick in the $?!
As always thanks for reading.
See you again next week with Part Deux of "Imitation".
KaZ has been in many facets of entertainment, plus the co-owner of two restaurants, a fitness center, a television production company and the owner of a cinema. She did a stint in politics, and in veterinary medicine, She now focuses on writing.
In addition to the above, KaZ is an award-winning vocalist, a former dancer, stunt actor, circus artist, & professional water skier. She has worked as a theater artistic director & writer.
KaZ has been a published writer in magazines & books since the age of 15. She has written plays that have been produced in New York, Florida & New Orleans. She has a featured chapter in the book How To Survive A Move. (Up-to-date she has moved 45 times!) She wrote an article for Organic Wine Journal, and also wrote an article featured at the Ground Zero Memorial.
KaZ co-wrote 2 television informational series & 3 television pilots. One of the pilots, a sit-com, was produced as a reality pilot. KaZ has revisited it and it's now a one season cable series.
“(And ) Then This Happened.” based on life, love, and everything in between in the mid-life years. Loosely based on her life and the life of two of her best girlfriends.
KaZ's many high pressure pursuits led her to meditation.
She began studying meditation in '91. Her initial training focused on Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan and his teachers. She is a certified Master Meditation and Qigong Instructor, having taught
throughout California, Florida, New York & British Columbia, Canada and online worldwide.
Most recently KaZ taught in a juvenile justice facility, and lectured on mental health in juvenile justice.
With writing being her first love, look for KaZ's upcoming children's books:
from the tales of two grandmothers.
Plus, a play based on letters from her two great uncles during the Second World War.