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Contemplative Essay – Humor

March 26, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american literature, literature and language

But when I reflect on how many times I laughed this week , I realize , I hardly laughed at all . I obviously decided that laughter would have been inappropriate in the serious situations I have been involved in during the week . I did not laugh because the situation did not warrant it . I have rationalized opportunities for laughter as serious situations and on reflection discover that I have not laughed in years . And I think that is how the 385 laughs are lost

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laughter and a good sense of humor , are not always the same thing . When asked , I say that laughter is good for me and that it makes me feel better . But when I reflect on how many times I laughed this week , I realize , I hardly laughed at all . I obviously decided that laughter would have been inappropriate in the serious situations I have been involved in during the week . I did not laugh because the situation did not warrant it . I have rationalized opportunities for laughter as serious situations and on reflection discover that I have not laughed in years . And I think that is how the 385 laughs are lost

It is an unfortunate quality of the human cognitive apparatus that we can hold contradictory living theories . We act in one way , but believe that we do not . This is because as we grow older we realize that we can create our own rules for living . We no longer have to use the categories others give us and we make up our own . We decide what category a given action belongs to . We thus develop the ability to generalize our actions , to say one thing and do another and , when others point out possible inconsistencies , insist… [banner_entry_footer]

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