Laughter is a Poisonous Medicine

When we think about laughter we often connect it to happiness and joy. There are many times where we do not think much of it at all, it’s just another person laughing and enjoying themselves.

This, unfortunately, is changing.

Now, when we see somebody laughing, we feel an obligation to ask what they are laughing at. We do this to determine what sort of person they are. Judging them immediately by making preconceived notions about who they are as a person simply because of what they were laughing at. If for somebody was laughing at an “offensive” joke we as a generation begin to judge that person and shun them away if it is not something we agree with. This is happening all too often as of recent with all this PC culture that’s going around, but that is another topic for another day.

Well here’s some advice: If you judge people for what they laugh at, go home and reevaluate your life.

After you have completed this task, act accordingly. If you are still uptight about what people say and how they say it, you need to find a hobby. Do you have nothing better to do than judge people for the jokes they make? Are there not more important issues surrounding our society/country/world than that joke that was just made about midgets?

Nobody has any right to laugh at anybody or anything else if you can’t laugh at yourself. If you can’t laugh at yourself because you find it “offensive” or if you can’t laugh at something because it’s “oppressive” towards somebody else, what gives you the right to laugh at anything? What you’re laughing at could be “offensive” or “oppressive” towards other people so just keep your thoughts to yourself and stop being so uptight. Let yourself go. Have some fun. Get the stick out of your ass. Laugh at everything. Then come back to me and tell me how much happier you are with your life. Let’s bring laughter back from being a poison to being the best medicine because it truly is. Laughter contains the ability for you to generate a happier and more joyful life. Not only that, but it has the ability to make the people in your life around you much happier as well.

I have a wide range of humors – from dark to unbelievably stupid to dry and clever to slap-stick – I enjoy them all. If somebody were to walk up to me randomly and say “Pickles.” and walked away, I would die of laughter. And if I asked somebody what their hat meant and they responded with “It means my head’s warm.” I, again, would die of laughter. I know because both of those actually happened. The second situation was when I was with a group of people in Ireland at a small local bar. A girl asked this man when he walked in what his hat meant and he responded with that clever comeback I mentioned above. Everybody else in the group considered the guy to be an asshole because of what he said and how he said while I was struggling to stand up from laughing so hard. Yes, they thought somebody who said his head was warm was an asshole.

The point here is: take everything with a grain of salt. Don’t take yourself too seriously because that’s no fun for anybody. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then you’re going to have trouble making friends in this world, other than all those other people who can’t laugh at themselves. Then you’ll have a great time never smiling and talking about politics and religion and all that other bull shit.

The Value of a “Like” and Why it Means so Much

“Go on Instagram and like my picture for me.”

Some may think this is a silly and somewhat absurd statement but it has been uttered before. If I had to bet money on it, I would bet that over half of the millennial generation has uttered this sentence. If not that, then certainly over half of the female millennials have said that before.

I would say, on average I receive about two or more of these text messages per week. Yes, I said two or more a week for those of you who don’t believe it.

Now why does me liking their photo mean so much to them? It’s because our generation is so amazingly judgmental that if you do not have over fifteen likes (I’m just throwing this number out I have no idea what the actual number might be) on your picture then you’re not pretty enough or cool enough. Then they delete those pictures off social media because it wasn’t good enough for other people. So here’s my next question for those who delete their pictures because the lack of likes. Why do you care what the other people think? Are you so self conscious about yourself and so guided by society’s acceptance of you that you are going to let other people determine your actions? Just be yourself and if you’re doing something just to be accepted, you need to surround yourself with better people. If somebody doesn’t “like” a post it is the same as in reality (a scary word to some millennials) when a friend doesn’t like the same gum that you do. You move on and think nothing of it.

Good, now the millennials are gone because I just pissed them off and they closed out the page and said “I’m not too judgmental!” or “I’m not self conscious!” which, of course, would just emphasize my argument.

Judging somebody based solely upon their looks or the social network status is absurd. Talk to them, get to know them, get drinks with them and then you can tell them you don’t like them.

Before the other millennials start getting angry as well saying “well hey I don’t do that!” Good for you. Give yourself a pat on the back for not being like that but take some time to realize that, obviously, not everybody is the same. There will be people out there that are exactly like what I am saying, it is sad but true. Right now I am simply talking in a general sense and if you can’t understand that then stop reading this and go do something useful with your time like explore Twitter or share videos on Facebook.

So for all of you that are still actually reading this please, I beg of you, stop judging people by their social media status.

Now, this may be more prevalent in some areas compared to others, but it does happen everywhere. No matter where you go there are people that are consumed by their online presence. That is all they care about; not their actual friends or family. Nope. It’s about how they appear to others online.

I’ll end this with a quote from the great Mr. Feeny. “If you let other people’s perception of you dictate your behavior, you will never grow as a person.”