Category Archives: humor

Mar 19 – Note-to-Self: The Purpose of Life is Joy

The Benefits of Laughing at Yourself @ shondaland.com

Here is today’s senryu: NTS – The Purpose of Life Is Joy

Ha! You make me laugh.

Laughing is such a relief.

Do it more often.

Below is a repost of Matthew Fox’ message from last Monday (which I just read today, ha)

Joy! Why We Are All Here.

The Divine Joy.  Did you ever consider that maybe the “Big Bang” was a Big Laugh?  Or a Big Shout of Joy?  That the Trinity could not take it any more—that is the joy of being, the joy of existence, the joy that is the joie d’vivere, the celebration of a universe where “existence itself is the miracle.”  (Rilke).  Or—even more likely because scientists tell us there was no sound at all when the universe began–a big, quiet smile of mischief when the Creator came up with the crazy idea to birth a universe (and put homo sapiens into it)? 

The Big Laugh, the Big Smile. Photo by kazuend on Unsplash

Why is there a universe?  In order to share the joy, of course!  A new and unheard of surprise to launch a universe smaller than a zygote that would expand over 14 billion years into two trillion galaxies?  Each with hundreds of billions of stars?  And would include giraffes and hippos and forests and oceans, mountains and rivers, fishes and birds, flowers, plants and human beings—all born from 13.8 billion years of birthing from the time of the Big Laugh, Big Smile, overflowing exuberance, playfulness and the bubbling over of divine Joy? 

Thomas Aquinas had such an idea when he proposed that “Sheer Joy is God’s and this demands companionship.”  The purpose of the universe is Joy.  Ours and the Creator’s.  Joy does not want to be contained, it demands to be shared, like fire or like a laugh.  It wants company and nurtures community.  Which was very dear to the Trinity which ultimately birthed all of creation.  And the beauty and original blessing of it all started things off with, as we say, a big bang, a big laugh, a bursting joy, a twinkling and mischievous smile matched only by unbounded beauty and wonder.

Photo by Competitive Insight on Unsplash

For this reason, “joy is the human’s noblest act” and “God is supremely joyful and therefore supremely conscious.”  (Aquinas)  If Joy—ours and God’s—renders us ever more conscious, can we spread the joy? 

Welcome aboard!  Welcome to existence, to creation, to the universe, your home.

Wouldn’t it be good to teach this to our children very early and before and instead of teaching them about divine wrath or a place called hell or original sin or guilt or shame or despair?


Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times, pp. 33-40.  

And Fox, In the Beginning there Was Joy: A Celebration of Creation for Children of All Ages. (Coming soon!)

Dec 30 – A Little Magical Thinking Is Good for Us

Magical Thinking by Matthew Hutson Why a little magic is good for you, Psychology Today Magazine, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/magazine/archive/2008/03

“We look for patterns because we hate surprises and because we love being in control. Emotional stress and events of personal significance push us strongly toward magical meaning-making.”

Matthew Hutson, science journalist and former news editor for Psychology Today Magazine, continues in his delightful and informative article (referenced above), “Often we don’t even register our wacky beliefs. Seeing causality in coincidence can happen even before we have a chance to think about it; the misfiring is sometimes perceptual rather than rational.”

Hutson identifies 7 key principles of magical thinking:

  1. Anything can be sacred
  2. Anything can be cursed
  3. Mind rules over matter
  4. Rituals bring good luck
  5. To name is to rule
  6. Karma’s a bitch
  7. The world is alive

Finally, Hutson’s article offers a couple of provocative quotes:

You can be a believer in astrology and still be a good astronomer.” Eugene V. Subbotsky

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke

Inanimate objects will become more responsive, interactive, and intentional, TechGnosis author Erik Davis says, “so it will make sense to have a degree of magical thinking just to be able to deal with these devices.”

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I’ve really enjoyed Matthew Hutson’s work; especially this article. For more information about Matthew and his work check out these links:

https://www.science.org/content/author/matthew-hutson

Matthew Hutson New Yorker, Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Wife, Salary, and Net Worth

https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/matthew-hutson

Matthew Huston @ science.org

Dec 29 – Truth, Metaphor or Magical Thinking

me.me

“The bell is the voice of the Buddha”

“This is My body and My blood.”

“Step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back.”

Key Definitions:

Truth – that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality (from Oxford Languages)

Metaphor – a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract (from Oxford Languages)

Magical Thinking – a set of related reasoning errors that are commonly associated with religionistic practices. (from Wikipedia)

Dog Contemplations @ Pinterest

WTF: I need another cup of coffee

High Coo – Dec 22 – RIP Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett b. 4/13/1906 – d. 12/22/1989 https://www.onthisday.com/people/samuel-beckett

Thirty-three years ago today, Irish playwright, novelist and poet, Samuel Beckett died. He was 83.

“One of the most influential and widely-discussed avant-garde writers of the 20th century. His most famous plays, “Waiting for Godot”, “Endgame” and “Happy Days”, display his absurdist, anti-realist traditions. https://www.onthisday.com/people/samuel-beckett

Today’s senryu: RIP Samuel Beckett

no cure for failure

that’s what earthlings do – so let’s

dance first – think later

See Samuel Beckett quotes here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1433597.Samuel_Beckett

Check out Beckett’s most popular books here https://www.amazon.com/s?k=samuel+beckett+books.

And check out my book Tangoed Up & Blue here: https://www.iuniverse.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/124046-tangoed-up-blue