When I was little, my sister once asked, “What will we do for fun when JT grows up?” We haven’t discovered an answer to that question yet, because I’m pretty sure I haven’t quite grown up.
I come from a long line of people who find humor where they aren’t supposed to. Years before I was born, one of my aunts got so giggly at a funeral service that she had to cover her face with her handkerchief to mask her laughter. People thought she was weeping, which, of course, only made her laugh harder. My dad was so disgusted by the whole situation, he said that when he died, he wasn’t going to tell her. That’s my dad…expressing his disgust with a joke.
Too often, too many things get taken too seriously too fast by most of us, thus my affection for the GK Chesterton quote:
Seriousness is not a virtue… seriousness is a vice. It is really a natural trend or lapse into taking one’s self gravely, because it is the easiest thing to do….
For solemnity flows out of men naturally; but laughter is a leap.
It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity.
GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy
I have no interest in that kind of gravity. I don’t claim to be a great saint, but Chesterton also said,
A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. This has been always the instinct of Christendom, and especially the instinct of Christian art.
This has always been my instinct as well, so I feel like I’m in good company.
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