Monthly Archives: November 2019

Embracing Laughter & Tears

Does anyone want to worship an angry god?


Like that kind in the Old Testament of the Bible.


New Testament Jesus was called the “Prince of Peace.”


Yet, he displayed violent anger when confronted


by the greedy money lenders in the temple.


I’d rather follow a prophet or god


that was known for a sense of humor.


The New Testament doesn’t mention


Jesus laughing, giggling or even smiling.


I’d say the creator must have a sense of humor.


After all, he created the duck-billed platypus,


the panda ant, the red-lipped batfish and the seahorse.


Or maybe he ran out of ideas and mixed a few species.


He created falling leafs, snow and growing grass.


These are things that keep humans busy year round.


So I’d say he didn’t want us to have


a lot of free time to worship him.


An hour on a Saturday or Sunday


on your knees or in the case of Catholics,


bow, genuflect, sit, kneel, stand repeat


seems to satisfy worship time for most religions.


Socrates tried to establish an ethical system


not based on theological doctrine


but rather on human reasoning.


While Jesus never laughed it’s said


that Socrates never once cried.


Which makes me think Socrates understood


the world around his fellow man


but nothing about the world within man.


As babies we are born crying.


That is before the world tries


to drown us in unending sorrows.


I believe that the ability to laugh or cry


makes us the strongest species on Earth.


Laughter and tears are gifts we were given


by the creator and are meant to be used.


As for me I’d rather laugh than cry


but I’ve learned both can be renewing.


And now enjoy a song on the same topic from singer, Nancy Wilson: “The Laughter and the Tears” 


“Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut


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