Aug. 11, 2012
With kind permission from Zen
by Zen Gardner
Ever heard of Vinny Eastwood out of New Zealand? The guy’s a riot, with a compassionate drive and full of wonderful truths. His radio show is called “The Lighter Side of Genocide“. His motto–”if you can’t stand back and laugh at all this insanity it will drive you nuts!”…or something to that effect.
That’s a very big part of my life.
If I can’t have a good laugh at all this, my foolish self included, I’m done. For that reason I have a hard time with people who take themselves too seriously, or get all bummed out so badly by everything that they can’t stand back and see the big, ridiculous picture.
It’s a farce! A nasty one, agreed, but it’s ridiculous. That’s why it has to implode and everything will all start over, in some way, shape or form. No sweat.
Besides, as Universe would have it, we’re eternal spirit and have nothing to fear…;)…now that’s something to smile about!
“Laugh and the world laughs with you…cry, and you’ll cry alone.” David Icke gets it…;)
The Power of Humor
I found this regarding the hidden power of humor from a psychological viewpoint:
“Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.” Despite the buffoonish imagery that comes to mind when one considers the joker, the clown or the pie-in-the-face comedian, humor is more than mere silliness. It is an advanced intellectual means of developing new perspectives and coping with extreme circumstances.
A maltreated animal has two potential responses to an abusive master: attack to stop the abuse, or cower/flee to avoid it. He cannot disarm the bully with a witty remark or ironically imitate his master behind his back for his own amusement. One of the first government actions in Nazi Germany was the establishment of a law against treacherous attacks on the state and party that made anti-Nazi humor an act of treason, and there was a reason for this. Research has shown that humor is the most effective means of preventing the indoctrination of brainwashing.”
How’s that?! It’s a mind control deterrent! Laugh on, people…it’s protecting you!
It goes on:
“Used as both a shield and a weapon, humor has the power to soothe the most wounded and threaten the most evil. These qualities speak to its inherent potential — a potential that has not yet been entirely tapped or even recognized. Holocaust survivor Emil Fackenheim said, “We kept our morale through humor,” and many other survivors of the Holocaust, POW camps, torture and abuse have shared his sentiment. The stories of these survivors and findings of modern medical research support the notion that humor is an extremely effective tool for managing our advanced awareness and for creating new perspectives to cope with otherwise unbearable environments or circumstances. [emphasis mine]
Evidence for the direct benefits of humor lie in studies of the body’s chemical reaction to laughter. Among other things, laughter has been shown to reduce stress, boost the immune system and enhance brain chemistry through the release of serotonin and endorphins. Many popular antidepressants target the neurotransmitter serotonin by either blocking its reuptake or increasing production, but one can “self-medicate” using one’s own serotonin supply by watching a funny movie, going to a comedy show or playing a fun game. For the rejected lover or laid off worker, this self-induced boost of serotonin activates a neurochemical reaction that enhances their ability to tolerate the stress response and think creatively of coping options. Humor is a very effective means of dealing with overwhelming emotion and taking control of a situation.
Hunter “Patch” Adams, the physician portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie bearing his name, continues to use laughter as a primary tool in his treatment of patients, to great success. He is just one example of many who have witnessed and reported first-hand accounts of how essential humor is to both physical and emotional health”. Source
The Power of Knowing the Happy Ending…
Just making an obvious point here. And hopefully a good reminder for us all. We need to stay happy and on top of all this craziness. No, we can’t minimize the dangers, but if we can’t see beyond it all we’re not seeing it right in the first place.
Humor is the perfect litmus test.
I have to admit, I’m that way. Super stiff and serious downers bum me out from the start, whatever facts or issues they bring to the table. One pass and I’m done. They can take their bummer elsewhere, no matter how true.
That type of approach is just not right. Your conscience tells you flat out. Of course, society is full of mechanisms to make you doubt your innate wisdom and understanding that would make you beware of such influences. That’s what they try to do, so you’ll be on a low-level vibration too. Don’t fall for it.
Trust your heart.
Just watch out when humor and satire start getting outlawed. Already it’s very close.
And no matter what, stay frikking happy! In spite of it all! If you’ve truly woken up, the realities of the eternal Truth and Love behind this illusion should be filling your soul daily. Reinforce that Truth if it wears thin.
Stay inspired. Sorry if too much heavy stuff gets dumped on you, but learn to deal with it while staying happy.
Humor is a great medicine. In fact, it’s vital!