2011-06-15T06:19:57+01:00

Spit on the world's paradigms with pointless negativity

Some people see the Mr. Cynical as "spitting on the world's paradigms with pointless negativity", some not. The ones that will laugh, will most likely understand and positively change.

There is a classic fable apropos of all this that can teach us much about the political potentials of both laughter and silence: Hans Christian Andersen's tale, "The Emperor's New Suit".

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First, satirical laughter and dissenting silence are nonviolent ways of fomenting social change. People who turn to nonviolence in the face of cruelty and injustice have a much higher claim to good manners that leaders who clothe themselves in piosity and patriotism to justify economic and military violence.

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Humor is that which most efficiently recognizes that we are living in an imperfect world, with imperfect arguments and things that are insane, illogical, and irrational. And the only way we can live with that fact is to laugh.

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Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they might have been.

So just laugh and enjoy!

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