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High Coo – Nov 20 – National Absurdity Day

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As Sarah A. Bowen, director of the Animal Chaplaincy program and author of Sacred Sendoffs (c) 2022, would say WTF? BTW: WTF is short for What the Fluff. https://www.sacredsendoffs.com/

So, today is National Absurdity Day – where did this come from?

The real philosophy of absurdism began in the 19th century in the mind of a Danish philosopher called Kierkegaard. Its premise is that humans are all searching to find meaning in a meaningless universe. As the years passed, this philosophy gained popularity and became the touchstone for a movement in theatre and literature in Europe and North America.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the peak of such artistic movements as the Theater of the Absurd and Surrealism gave rise to an entire genre of literature based on nonsequitur behaviors and otherworldly plots. One of the works from this time, “Waiting for Godot”, is based entirely around a pair of characters waiting at a tree for their friend, Godot — whom we never meet — to arrive.

The origins of National Absurdity Day are apropos to the subject at hand. They’re entirely unknown.” See https://nationaltoday.com/national-absurdity-day/

For more information on the philosophy of absurdism see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism and https://poemanalysis.com/genre/absurd/

Today’s poem: National Absurdity Day

another day in

(where am I again) – oh, yeah

paradise, with you

Enjoy the chaos of today 🙂


August 17 – Greatest Comedy of All Time?

Theatrical Release Poster

On August 17, 1979, Monty Python’s Life of Brian premiered in US theatres. This controversial film was initially banned in many countries but went on to be ranked as one of, if not #1 of the greatest comedies of all time. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python’s_Life_of_Brian

Considered both a religious farce and political satire, the film ends with Brian’s crucifixion and the group song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” One verse has been touted as the fundamental view of the film, which is:

For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin – give the audience a grin
Enjoy it, it’s your last chance anyhow.

Hmmm, are religion and humor compatible?

Here is today’s haiku: Greatest Comedy of All Time

Breathing in I smile

breathing out I smile as well

grateful for my life

I would love to hear your comments on this film, on this topic, on your reaction to this post. _/\_