Alternatively, what about something which is deeply and uproariously funny? Our uncontrollable laughter exceeds any rational reaction the occasion of the joke  I have produced.

 We feel liberated by what is funny. Why?  Because the funny event and our laughter at it means that we have caught a whiff of something that isn’t part of the grey, cold world of measurement and logical sequence. As we laugh we are indeed still in bondage to that world of hard necessity, the world of the multiplication table, yet as we laugh we also rise above that world because we twig that we belong to another world as well, a world which cuts this world down to size and in which we are free to be ourselves unhindered by what cabins and confines us in the visible, tangible order.

 All genuine laughter, when it is free from malice or bitterness, bears its unconscious witness to the ‘invisible world, the spiritual dimension. (That, I suspect, is why there is so much laughter in monasteries.)

 What makes us laugh is the sheer contrast, the sheer incongruity, between the spiritual dimension where we most deeply belong, and the slings and arrows which impale us and the limitations which confine us in the empirical, observable world.

True to Experience, an Anthology of the words and teaching of H.A. Williams C.R.

 

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