"The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or friends talking over a pint of beer; and that all economics, politics, laws, armies, and institutions, save in so far as they prolong and multiply such scenes, are a mere ploughing the sand and sowing the ocean, a meaningless vanity and vexation of spirit." CS Lewis
Chesterton If forced to chose between smiling or laughing, Chesterton would campaign for the latter. Chesterton believed that at least three strikes can be thrown against the smile: First, it can "unobtrusively" turn into "sneer", Second,, it remains an individual and even secretive act; and Finally, it tends to be guarded and tinged with cynicism. Laughter, however, can be communal, social and gregarious.
Chesterton wrote: "Laughing lays itself open to criticism, is innocent and unguarded, has the sort of humanity which has always something of humility... Therefore, in this modern conflict between the Smile and the Laugh, I am all in favor of Laughing. Laughter has something in it in common with the ancient winds of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes prind and unwinds secrecy; it makes men forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves; something that they cannot resist."
Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego. Confucius: Beware the man whose belly whose belly does not move when he laughs. Joking is undignified; that is why is so good for one's soul.
I have very low tolerance to flippant people. I want this class to be fun... and enjoyable.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!" (Phil. 4:4).
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