Know how you can get a page of "quotable quotes" and none of them mean a dang thing to you? Well all of those quotes seem to impart what's "heavy deep and real" to me now. And each of them (save the Murakami) are simply saturated with irony, wit and the combined effect is to humour.
Freaking Twain. I don't think that man could take a duke in a non-funny way.
It suddenly occurs to me that as Americans, USAns, we produce two things in abundance: weapons and comedians. As one of the most savage people and the indisputably ARMED people this planet has ever countenanced, we can cut a pretty good joke.
CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHAT WE'RE LAUGHING AT?
AND CAN IT BE THE JOKE IS ON US BUT WE STILL THINK IT'S FUNNY?
HYPOTHESIS: I posit that we would be way, way more dangerous if we didn't spend so much time laughing. At ourselves. At each other. And even in the presence of Amighty God, the Y~h of our Judeo-Christian culture. And I put weight on the Judeo part because I have never heard jokes sound quite so funny as when they are told by a Rabbai. The whole concept of a Hasidic Rabbai with a subtle but merry twinkle in his eye just makes me smile.
Spirituality and faith is an inside joke but there are no outsiders. We're all in this together. And I am 100% convinced that God likes a good joke.
There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.