A Little Humor


When thinking about serious questions,
it is extremely important to nourish one’s sense of humor.
Without a little humor, the
path can become too grim, too bleak, too heavy.
Many of the world’s wisdom traditions
cultivated humor in wonderful ways, not only for the sheer pleasure
of it, but as a valuable tool for teaching, for breaking seekers
out of their limited mindsets into broader vistas of understanding.

So, to lighten the journey a bit, this page
will reach toward those currents of humor that spring up from
time to time, and enliven the world’s wisdom traditions.
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Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be
here? What is this thing called the world?…How did
I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?…And if I am compelled
to take part in it, where is the manager? I would like to see

        Soren Kierkegaard


Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person,
is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a

Shari R. Barr

The Dalai Lama, in a conversation with Arlo Guthrie

Arlo: Why do you meditate all the time?”

D.L.:  “Well, there might be an afterlife and there
might not be.  So when I meditate, I put myself in that afterlife
right now so that if I ever have to die, I won’t even notice it.  If
there is no afterlife, OK, what the hell?  It wasn’t such
a bad discipline anyway.”


God, whose love and joy

present everywhere,

can’t come to visit you

you aren’t there.

                           Angelus Silesius

Nasrudin was a Sufi wise man and a fool, and
many of the stories about him are both humorous, as well as carrying
a deeper meaning. For instance, once a neighbor cam to Nasrudin
and asked to borrow his donkey. Nasrudin didn’t trust this
neighbor to bring it back when he would need it, so he said, “I’m
sorry, it is already out on loan to a friend.”

Just at that moment, the donkey brayed loudly in the stable.

The neighbor complained, “But I can hear
it braying over there!”

Nasrudin pulled himself up to his full height,
and said with a haughty dignity, “And just who are you going to believe—me,
or a donkey?”



Why are you unhappy?

Because 99.9 per cent

Of everything you do

Is for yourself—

And there isn’t one.

                         Wei Wu Wei


There is always an easy solution to every human
plausible, and wrong.

                           H.L. Mencken