posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 05:33 PM
Charles Darwin himself suggested that humor is a crucial social cohesive, one of the primal forces that has bound tribes together throughout evolution
[source: Gompertz]. One study found that we're 30 times more likely to laugh in the company of others than we are by ourselves [sources: Gompertz,
Martin]. A recent study of chimps found that they will laugh with each other in the same ways we laugh during conversation in order to bond with other
members of their group [source: Connor]
So they laugh out of a recognision of a similar "dire" predicament, (humans accused of being Christians about to be crucified); they laugh because
they recognise themselves within each other (mimicking) a social group they are trying to be part of but unfortunately its a nervous laugh by those
accused of being Christian about to be crucified.
Other reasons for humor include the so-called "superiority theory," which claims that we laugh in the face of other people's misfortune (see: dumb
blonde jokes and the show "Jackass"), as well as the relief theory, which asserts that "funny' is derived from fear. One study deliberately startled
test subjects with a convincing fake rat, eliciting a lot of relieved laughter [source: Shurcliff].
You forgot the Polish jokes of the 50s. Laughter as a release mechanism for the Polish Catholics about to be crucified after someone thought up the
"how many Poles does it take to screw in a lightbulb" four, Pope John Paul II as the bulb and 3 Cardinals to turn his pulpit.
Finally, a recent idea called the "benign violation theory" hypothesizes that we laugh when we're harmlessly violated. This could mean anything from
tickling -- which most people hate but still laugh at -- to vulgar stereotype-based humor like Sarah Silverman's musings on race, sex and bodily
functions. The hilarity hinges on our being properly distanced from the violation. We don't laugh when we tickle ourselves (or when we're tickled by a
stranger) but we'll laugh when it's a friend doing the tickling [source: Warner].
Never found humor in gross matter functions; what is she embarrassed about, its the nature of being well, gross matter/perhaps she should no longer
eat food but just breathe air (could still be an expelling of gaseous content).
Tickling is torture no doubt about it, instead of reckless stoning (could hurt innocent bystanders selling the tickets/ROCKS to the event attendies)
tickle the offender to death, death by an involuntary dying of laughter.
At first glance, I"m not seeing it.
The bible talks about Jesus weeping; praying; bonding with friends and family; helping strangers; teaching; being serious - "amen, amen I tell you ...
"; obeying his parents; .... but I see no 'laughing' or 'teasing' or anything like that. A sense of humor usually comes at someone or somethings
expense. I can't picture Jesus teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven on minute, and then making fart jokes the next, or laughing at someone who
falls on their backend and hurts themselves.
But who knows. Obviously there was more going on with Jesus then got recorded in the gospels.
Im not seeing it either, obviously any internalized laughter was not one of "I can laugh at myself in my Egotism/ shortcomings" as that perspective is
one we are all experienced with "Missed that opportunity for a better snappy Retort" sort of thing, or "I should have thought my sacrifice out fully
(discussed it with friends and all could laugh at about or with the eventual outcome). Some humorous perspective may have applied as to the ulitimate
decision making: RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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