Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Shrink & The Sage: Do we need a sense of humour?

Husband and wife team Antonia Macaro and Julian Baggini write The Shrink and the Sage column for the Weekend FT, which is always worth a gander. Here is some advice from earlier in the year, when they tried to answer the question, 'Do we need a sense of humour?'

Life is absurd, and we can’t change that. But we can decide how to respond to that absurdity: with a wailing and gnashing of teeth, with steely defiance, with laughter, or some combination of all three. Treating it entirely as a joke is inhumane. The suffering of the people of Syria, for instance, is tragic, not comic. But being unrelentingly serious is also wrong, as it represents a failure to accept the cosmic insignificance of human endeavour.

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