Humor Destroys Power.

Humor Destroys Power.

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” – Mark Twain

My father has a bad temper. He’s not a violent man, in fact I would even go as far as to say he is one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure to know. Nevertheless, he has a temper. When little things go wrong it’s common to hear him ranting and raving even some times slamming his fist against objects (though never people). This can be discouraging to a child growing up, it might even lead one to live in fear, crowing before those who raise their voice. But ever since I was young enough to speak my mother taught me an important lesson about dealing with people while they are angry. To Laugh.

This might seem too simplistic to be good advice, but the moment a young child sees their ranting father not as a source to be feared but as a source of comedy, the child learns to reject authority. Too often do we see children or spouses giving in and trying to fix the situation in fear.

See, rage is a means by which one tries to gain power over people, it’s meant to scare others into submission. Rage is an attempt to create a non consensual power structure through threats, it is not always a direct threat of violence, rage can be a means of implying a threat of violence, but faced with laughter and not fear it loses all authority. Humor destroys non consensual power structures, such authority can only be strong when people submit, such submission only happens by those are afraid. Joy and laughter cure fear, one can not be afraid of a joke. To react to rage in laughter belittles the tantrum, it acknowledges it as a form of petty expression. Humor is one of the greatest tools to be used in the fight against undesirable forms of authority.

.Any authority worth it’s while should be able to control with reasons and love not fear and threats. It is essential that we teach our children not to cower when faced with emotionally charged attempts for power, but to laugh and to joke.

As I speak it, it will come to be.

One of the many joys of Philosophy is using it as a tool to explore the life and minds of other people. Philosophy is not just studying a collection of ideas formed through critical analysis, but it is also about the collection of thinkers shaped by world events, heart break, joy, and much more.
One can not and should not Philosophize in a vacuum. Though we are taught to fear Bias and emotion, they can not be escaped. Philosophy of pure uninfluenced observations would be without application. What good is knowing truth without having a reason to apply it or a frame of values to interpret it?
Philosophy is a social construct. It’s observations and questions about our existence is done by and written for those who experience it. Without the context of the human life there is no philosophy.
The intent of this Blog is just that, not a rigorous search for truth, but an outlet for philosophical observations about my life as a means to trace how my bias/values have changed and have been influenced by my world. No subject is to be taboo, everything from the ethics of sexual relationships to color of my shirt will be attempted to be written about. Some topics will interlink to help complete my thoughts, some posts will unapologetically contradict each other. Let this blog serve a record of my adventure in the absurd search for wisdom. This is Autobiographical Philosophy.