We here at the Philosophy of Enjoyment have been working extra hard, day and night while listening to non-stop roaring twenties music, to make our enjoyment your priority!
No doubt as your philosophy of enjoyment takes shape, you’ve written down a few reoccurring themes in your official Philosophy of Enjoyment notebook (order yours today!), themes like: the value of nature; the importance of loneliness, weakness and inaction; how to use your will-power to force yourself to enjoy – even during a proctology exam; how to use yourself as an observation post; and, the importance of humour.
It is towards humour that we cast our enjoyment net today.
Would you say that you’ve got a good sense of humour or are you a hard nut to crack? What makes you laugh? Is it slapstick, satire, the bizaare, or the goofball next door? On a scale from one to ten, how would you rate your ability to be amused? If you scored yourself less than a five on the amusement scale, you’ve got work to do. Watch some comedy. You might begin with Albert Brooks.
Not everyone will find Albert Brooks or any other comedian funny. It’s a matter of opinion. That’s not the point. This is not about what is and isn’t funny. This is about one’s ability to enjoy humour in the grind of day-to-day life. The question isn’t, Is it funny? The question is, Is it serious? or, How serious are you?
Humour is a funny thing. What one person takes as a joke, another will take as an offense. Where one person would laugh at an inflatable dart board, another would be afraid. Humour is an individual experience. It’s like one’s taste in music, fashion or food. It’s purely subjective.
We each have likes and dislikes. That’s what makes each of us unique individuals. Metaphorically speaking, we each wear eye glasses that colour our world. Our glasses are the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes we have. What colour are your eye glasses?
The point is not what you find funny or unfunny, the point is what’s your level of seriousness. Can you find amusement in the face of adversity or do you get depressed or angry? If you want to enjoy life, amusement is better.
We all know how humour can be used for good – to lighten a mood, to point out an absurdity – or for bad – to shock and to bully. Mean-spirited humour can stir a mob to brutality with emotions of hatred (not good) and gentle humour can soften an injury, make a bad situation better or create a good feeling (much better), but that’s not really the point.
The point of this isn’t to criticize mean-spirited comedy or to praise gentle comedy. This isn’t about finding fault or taking a side in the good/bad humour divide. The point isn’t to analyze comedy. That’s fatal! Everyone will laugh or not laugh at different things. To each his own, as they say.
The point of this is that it all depends upon your level of seriousness. If you’re too serious, you won’t enjoy anything. You’ll always find something to be disappointed about. Lighten-up! It isn’t that serious! Life isn’t serious. It’s to be enjoyed – no matter what!
If you don’t like not enjoying yourself, the trick is to create new thoughts to slowly replace the deep-seated beliefs that you have about yourself.
A philosopher of enjoyment repeats to himself: life isn’t serious! It could be worse! I laugh in the face of danger! Nothing gets me down! People are funny! It’s all good even when it isn’t. I am a light-hearted person. I take life as it comes. I laugh when I fall on my bum. Anything and everything can be funny. It’s in your attitude.
Don’t get so serious. What do you think? Post a comment. Let’s discus it.