« on: April 01, 2008, 01:00:34 pm »
Something I wrote a while back:
Laughing and Screaming
Now that we’ve briefly explored the Black Iron Prison, the Machine™, and the CoN (or at least, my own personal interpretations of these metaphors), we may be able to get a bit closer to the phrase recently brought into contention: The “Laughing and/or Screaming” meme often used by some Discordians.
As in, “I’m laughing so hard, it sounds like I’m screaming,” or perhaps, “I can’t tell if I’m screaming or laughing.”
As hard as it is to define humor, a few obvious principles are involved: The Unexpected, the Shifting Point of View, Taboo Breaking, Irony, Slapstick, etc.
Now, normally we walk around with our brains telling us that we Know What’s Going On. If we constantly questioned ourselves all the time, we would never be able to get anything done, we’d be unable to function.
Anyway, then we remember the BIP, and how that leads to The Machine™, and how that leads to the CoN, and we get the Shifting Point of View. And we see that “civil” actions of control are actually monkey minds with guns, which gives us the Unexpected. And we see the Irony of monkey morality being so incredibly immoral. And we see the endless sado-masochistic Slapstick.
At the same time, these things make us recoil in horror. And we see the monkey in ourselves, and our horror at our monkey mind, and the juxtaposition of all the above.
And we get the joke. And we laugh. And we scream.
No one ever said that humor had to be funny, after all.