Jan 16, 2010

What do you laugh at?

"Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable."

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I like this quote. Goethe is saying that what we laugh at says a lot about us. Do I laugh at the vile? Do I laugh at the random? Do I laugh a lot? It is good to laugh, but not good to laugh at everything. I really don't think I need to add my two cents to what Goethe (pronounced Ger ta) said. I just want to laugh more, hopefully not at that which is inappropriate, otherwise, that says something about me.

2 comments:

Gunter Weltschmerz said...

When you have kids, they can really bring this home to you. You see your sense of humor reflected in them, and it's not always so good - or easy to explain why their sense of humor is off ethically.

Brian said...

This quote really is so true. Sometimes I am in the office - I hear a joke, and I let out a chuckle. Later, after I think about it - I realize it wasn't funny at all.

Our reactions certainly let others know who we really are. And sometimes we are not who we should be. It is God's grace when we can identify our problems (sinfullness), and begin to rid ourselves of them. This is concersion. And it goes on and on until we receive the Beatific Vision (hopefully).

God bless!