I love to laugh at just about anything. Lucky for me there is just so much to laugh at these days. The media has become nothing more than the Theater of the Absurd. I really believe that turning on a video camera or microphone causes people to have irreparable brain damage. It worries me that the most reliable news outlet seems to be Comedy Central. Of course without all the other idiotic commentators they would have no material at all. Do these people really listen to what they say? Doesn’t anyone have any shame anymore? Is there anything truthful being said on cable news programs? Does anyone check their facts or apply basic rules of journalistic integrity?
It’s pretty obvious that ratings and money are the only things that matter to these people. I guess it’s really the hypocrisy that drives me crazy. If they would just admit that it’s just another form of entertainment hoping for an audience to sell stuff to I would at least know what I’m getting. As it is, I just sit and laugh at the increasingly ludicrous comments and behavior that emanate from my TV on a nightly basis. I don’t know who to believe anymore and it sure feels like everything is just a joke.
I grew up watching Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. I never laughed at them. They delivered the news without becoming cartoons. Sure there were times when the news worried me because I believed them. I lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the JFK assasination and the VietNam War and frankly I was a little scared at times. At least I felt like I knew the truth. Then it was up to me to decide how I felt about it or what I should do about it. These days, I don’t believe anything I hear on the radio or see on TV. It doesn’t seem like the truth at all but it does feel like a marketing pitch all the time.
And it doesn’t get any better when we listen to our elected officials. Apparently sincerity, intelligence and honesty are not prerequisites to public office. Public servants are however, good for a laugh. If I see one more congressman shoot himself in the foot while it’s in his mouth I will know the end really is near. Laughing at these clowns makes my day but then I have to face the fact that these people are making incredibly important decisions. Laughter just relieves the overwhelming sense of impending doom temporarily. Reality is not funny at all.
Lucky for me, most of my best friends share my gallows humor. Laughter must be a defense mechanism for dealing with life on a daily basis. It helps me survive but it doesn’t really change anything. Would that it could. I think Max Beerbohm said it best, “Nobody ever died of laughter.” That’s why I’m looking forward to Heaven. Just imagine sitting down to dinner with Mark Twain, Groucho Marx, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, George Burns, Lucille Ball and Dorothy Parker just to name a few. What a way to spend eternity. I have to believe there is plenty to laugh at in Heaven.
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