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The Humor Code: The Secret to being Funny

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(See Comic) Do you know how to make someone laugh? All you have to do is make a person say yes and no simultaneously in their head. A simultaneous yes and no causes a kind of inner tension that is released through laughter. To better understand what that means, let’s examine a common joke. Joke: What’s long and pink and drags on the bottom of the ocean? Moby’s Dick This joke provides a number of simultaneous yes’s and no’s. “Yes,” Moby Dick is the name of a book involving a whale named Moby-Dick. And “yes,” one might imagine a big whale having something long and pink that drags on the bottom of the ocean. But at the same time, “no,” the correct name of the book isn’t Moby’s Dick. And “no,” whales really don’t have long pink things. And another “no,” you aren’t really supposed to talk about long pink things; it’s a bit taboo. So, when you add all those yes’s and no’s together, you get a kind of inner tension that equals funny. Enlargement People with a poor sense of humor simply fail to hold the yes/no contradictions required for laughter. This happens primarily due to one of three reasons. college humor One: the person is too dumb or inattentive to get the joke, resulting in, Yes + Yes or No + No = So What? Two: the person is too uptight to accept the joke, resulting in, No + No = Offended. Three: the person doesn’t respect the person telling the joke enough, resulting in, No + No = Shut Up. Respect plays a big role in humor. The more you respect a person, the more you are prone to accepting a yes/no from that person. And so, having a reputation for humor goes a long way for making a person seem funny. Have you ever noticed how it is easier for men to be funny than women? Well that is because there is more of a respect bias women need to overcome than men. Ultimately, the universe may amount to nothing more than a big joke. However, for as long as we refuse to laugh away the contradiction, we make the joke seemingly real and thus take it seriously. However, if we can just learn to laugh away the inherent contradiction of the world then it will likely fade away into the nothingness it always was. And we’ll have fun doing it too. Perhaps humor is the greatest virtue.

What is Ego Anyway? Part 7 Egoless Defence

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(See Comic) Everyone who comes to this world comes as a recruit to the ego's army of guilt and separation. Most people fight in that army until the day they die on the battlefield. However, no one really dies. The illusion of death is just one of the ego's many tricks. The desperation of the one life to live and you're dead mentality is simply one of the ego's recruiting ploys. In the grand scheme of things, upon bodily death, the ego's soldiers are simply recycled back into the army as new bodies. If death were real, the ego would be real and oblivion would be the result. To those caught up in the ego's battles, it all seems very real and imperative, otherwise no one would be fighting. However, some people do get fed up with being soldiers and go AWOL. By making efforts to leave the battlefield, AWOL soldiers start to see through the deception. They see that the war is really a self war where no one wins but the ego. While there are many seemingly different armies, all the armies are run by the ego. The soldiers are like unwitting hosts to a brutal parasite (belief). criminal defense attorney The ego is the parasite, and its illusory existence is sustained through the perpetual insane conflict facilitated by warring soldiers. post traumatic stress disorder symptoms Participating in the ego's war can be as simple as having a fight of words with someone or as elaborate as widespread nuclear annihilation. Either way, it all starts with being an individual soldier in the ego's army. depression treatment And as long as you are a soldier, you will find enemies to fight. Where there are no soldiers, there is no war. And remember, there is no such thing as fighting for peace. Ultimately, freedom from the tyranny of the ego means being able to live in the world without being of it. Which means being able to walk through the ego's battlefield with invulnerability. The more you recognize the illusory insanity of the ego's war, the less willing you will be to participate in it. And the less you participate in it, the less influence it will have on you. Even inside the most seemingly heartless soldiers, you'll start to see the inherent innocence behind their deep confusion born of belief in illusion. criminal defense attorney, defense lawyer depression treatment Once your ego is totally gone, you'll know it, because the ego's world of illusions will disappear. But in the meantime, by deserting the ego's army evermore, primarily through the practice of uncompromising forgiveness, you'll start to remember just how good things can be. That means you'll be able to naturally relax more, lighten up, and have more fun. By undoing the ego you give up a lot of nothing you called something in exchange for everything. It's a really good deal. The invulnerability shield of egolessness Bullets of guilt and separation