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  • Apr 15
    Posted by JWWarr
    Wonder is a keenness of perception so acute that we forget our subjectivity, when we are so totally occupied by an object of perception that it seems to overflow its bounds. It differs from curiosity not in the magnitude of its object but in temporary dissolution of the self. When this self-forgetti...
  • Apr 14
    Posted by JWWarr
    For several years now, I've started my day by hitting the "random virtue" button on this website and, after a frighteningly large cup of instant coffee, taking a walk round the grounds of the old reformatory in the mountains by my home here in the Basque Country to reflect on the result. This mornin...
  • Apr 8
    Posted by Enchanted
    Why do Vegetarians/Vegans constantly get slated for pointing out that cruelty to animals is not good? To eat meat adds to the fact that millions of animals world wide are killed and tortured in the factory farming industry and this goes blindly unrecognised by the majority of people. Why should...
  • Jan 31
    Posted by AndrewWhite
    In classical Buddhist cosmology there are six realms into which we can be reborn. We all know the human realm but below it there are also the animal, hungry ghost and hell realms, and the realms of the fighting spirits (asuras) and gods or devas above. Most notably these are depicted in the bea...
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The Value and Dangers of Humor

  • Humor can be a 2 edged sword. It can help lighten a situation, it can help make a point.

    Humor can also be used cruelly, to make unhealthy light of a serious subject such as other peoples suffering or even as an excuse to act badly and cause suffering. In debates humor can be used as a distraction technique.

    Can we take a joke or are we over-sensitive? Are we insensitive to the natural sensitivity of a situation?

    What is humor? Is humor in debates these days usually helpful or unhelpful? What is seriousness? What is frivolity?

    In what ways can healthy playfulness be a sign of wise maturity? Questions directdeepen awareness so to uplift humor we should question very deeply.

    There are so many possible negative and subliminal influences that may have affected the development of our humor. Should we be satisfied with any flaws in our humor caused by unnatural and unhealthy influences from society? No, let us uplift and heal our humor.

    Free it from corruption and hone it as a tool for good. Infuse it with all the virtues. This can be done via sincere prayer, contemplation and positive intent. Refrain from using frivolous humor to protect false belief and ego. Do not mock or laugh cruelly. Do not be over-sensitive when others make clumsy or cruel jokes. Instead use gentle healing humor or even shocking healthy humor sometimes to make a worthy point and lighten the atmosphere. Infuse your humor with love, light and life.