Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humor? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?
Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.
Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.
-Calvin & Hobbes
The snow came down last night and I was not prepared, mentally or physically, to deal with it.
Why do we have to be so prepared though?
What causes us, as adults, to think that everything that happens is something to deal with, rather then something to experience?
The snow isn’t an asshole for falling down.
The cold wind isn’t being a jerk on purpose.
Everything is just there. As a kid, we knew that it was there for us to play with.
As adults, we think it is all there to screw with us.
How does our perspective get so warped?
The accumulation of responsibilities certainly plays a part. But it can’t explain our weariness of day to day phenomenon.
Zen talks about a “gaining idea”. As adults, we think everything will either help us or hinder us.
But from what? When we get right down to it, we can’t win this game. We can only play it.
So why do we fight it instead?
How many times did you laugh yesterday?