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"Life is a Mighty Joke. He who knows this can hardly be understood by others. He who does not know it finds himself in a state of delusion. He may ponder over this problem day and night, but will find himself incapable of knowing it. Why? People take life seriously, and God lightly; whereas we must take God seriously, and take life lightly. Then, we know that we always were the same and will ever remain the same.......the Originator of this joke. This knowledge is not achieved by reasoning.
But it is the knowledge of experience."
~ Meher Baba
"Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
~ G.K. Chesterton
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See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum... and one night, one night they decide they don't like living in an asylum any more. They decide they're going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof, and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moon light... stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend didn't dare make the leap. Y'see... Y'see, he's afraid of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea... He says 'Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!' B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says... He says 'Wh-what do you think I am? Crazy? You'd turn it off when I was half way across!' - the Joker
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
The "problem" however, with this all-or-nothing proposition being made and extended to us by life itself is that IT is what's real and true, and WE were false and absurd and ridiculous by any comparison or stretch of the imagination, so it's very very humorous, even if at the expense of all our own folly. But that's ok, once you realize or re-realize yourself and your true spiritual (and psychological) nature [without ever forgetting, again] as a sacred being of incalculable valuation even as a mere variable of a supreme value (life itself). Once this is fully "grokked" and accepted - then and only then at that final turning point, is the great lesson learned in the epiphany of ecstatic humor where it could be said that the manure of our lives was absolutely essential for the sweet smell of the rose, which is our true life as it was meant to be lived and experienced and enjoyed, not an inner life or an outer life but a real life. Consciousness then is life telling us to "get a real life".
Humor, the humor of understanding, is both the true nature of consciousness, and the final "ah ha" of any good and reasonable philosophy, as a cosmic joke of sorts told through us, with us, and for us, in mind, you see. It can't be told in fact without us, nor without all our prior ignorance and absurdity and the more the better as a final contrast by which to compare and distinguish as we march straight into the new creation or the real life, the resurrected life, laughing our asses off the whole way, but for all the RIGHT reasons this time 'round. That's precious!
The joke, WAS on "me"!
But again that's ok because I've realized this while still on the way and thus while still given the opportunity and the supreme privilege, to share it with others, and because the content of each of our own personal spiritual and psychological experience is entirely unique to each person, the "punch line" and precisely what makes it funny is also unique to each person, if they would have the courage to dare but laugh at themselves and their own prior ignorance in who they took themselves to be, or not to be.
It grieves us however and thus grieves the Spirit of Truth and Life, just how stupid and ignorant we really were, which is why I say that the epiphany of consciousness brings with it first tears of sorrow and regret while at the same time offering the very hand that wipes away those tears from our eyes, and helps us get back up from the heap we'd crumbled into until we simply collapse back into another one this time in tears of hilarity, and STILL the hand is THERE, as needed, and then you encounter the living God as the greatest comedian the universe has ever known telling a joke to us capable of saving the whole world, except for those who simply cannot and who refuse at any cost whatever, even at the cost of truth and reality itself, to get it, because it's to a very large degree at the expense of everything that wasn't real or authentic or true, and most people would rather try to hide away in the darkness of their own lies and bull$hit.
True consciousness then, as the awareness of being alive, prior to judgement, or after if the verdict is forgiveness... is humorous, kind, gentle, loving, merciful, tender, and again very funny, liberating, and joyful even to the nth degree.
We were our own worst enemies. We were absurd.
Originally posted by spartacus699
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Does anyone really understanding what is meant by this idea, without a hint of sarcasm or snide cynicism towards life.
Originally posted by LionOfGOD
reply to post by NewAgeMan
Agreed, life is a joke.
I just don´t think it´s a very funny one.
Tedious, waiting for the punchline.
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
"for man, all happiness must arise exclusively only in relation to some unhappiness, already experienced." (Gurdjieff).
Originally posted by Thorneblood
The Killing Joke
Life isn't nearly as funny as that.
Originally posted by honested3
Well, if you look at it as being born naked and with nothing, then you die and are "naked" and have nothing. It's like the whole of life is a sort of borrowed trip, we all go into it the same and leave it the same, everything from what we "own" down to our very physical bodies, they are all borrowed. When you really look at it and think on it, it becomes both horribly depressing and wonderfully awesome. Maybe some laugh at this, but to me I replace laughter with further faith.
"We are living in an unsaved world, and we are waiting for redemption in which we have been called upon to participate in a most unfathomable way"
~ Martin Buber
from Eco-Doom or Redemption: The Mad Movement and the Sixties' Counter-Culture Project.