I wrote a piece recently (actually, it was a book), which had a basket-ful of ancient Gods and Deities convening again, in our time. Theydiscussed current world crises, and the talk got pretty heavy. One of them interrupted, adding a bit of humor tolighten things.
It worked. After a bit of laughter, moods changed and the serious matters were dealt with again -- but more effectively -- because perspective became an ingredient along with a willingness to respect and to yield.
That God-Wit said that if today's religion units -- churches, mosques, synagogues, etc. -- have leaders who have a capacity to offset the serious with the laughable, they are indeed fortunate.
Think about it !! Same situation, today. Crises abound. Nuclear leakage in Japan. Warring in the Mid-East. Up-rooting of authority in Egypt, Libya, Yemen. And, the time is over-ripe for nations to negotiate agreements to eliminate a world-wide catastrophe by de-fusing all nuclear warheads and banning new production of them.
Well, it would be ideal if some sort of effective humor might arise, here. The nuclear coin's Side A is a surface of research/development to enhance the positive facets of man's existence. Unfortunately, the reverse Side B is a negative: DEATH !
Ah, would that the temperament of the world's peoples was suich that in-depth negotiations could be discussed and progress made toward destroying all existing nuclear warheads, and banning the manufacturing of any nuclear-war tools.
How, and from whence, is any welcome Wit to emerge? I do not know. I cannot envision any entertainer laughing as he juggles balls in the air, pretending that they are A-bombs. Or, that a super-sexy-looking lady strutting seductively across the stage might be described as a potential in-person A-bomb.
Nor can any sort of light-banter be expected from government leaders or politicians. Or, from the scads of lobbyists whose presences constitute a blessing or a plague, in the government halls.
Mention of the lobbyists stirs a thought. Confront, say, the National Rifle Association about even limiting the proliferation of nuclear warfare materials in the world's nations.
What would the NRA reaction be? Its members have a history of opposition to gun-control. A dilemma, indeed! Would they/will they be opposed to nuclear-arms control?
Woops ! We are in need of counter-blanacing commentary of some sort ! Suggestions, please.
-- Paul Dinnis