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  •  Thanks! It was tongue in cheek, as phobias are (1+ / 0-)
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    very real.  I tried to stick to the more unusual ones.

    It is much easier to cope when we're laughing, isn't it?


    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 10:56:33 AM PDT

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    •  True - much easier to cope... (0+ / 0-)

      Altho I laugh and crack jokes about/at my own phobias only - not at the ones others have.  Only exception is if they crack jokes on theirs and thereby invite me to laugh with them to lessen the pain.

      Sometimes shared laughter over something so painful is the only way to cope.  It "lessens" the fear and effects somehow if I can laugh at my own fears that I should not even have and invite others to join me.  I can't really explain it, but it does (well, for me it does - obviously, I can't speak for others).

      A totally different case of laughter over pain is like my response the first time I heard a concentration camp survivor joke about the experience (it was someone on TV, don't remember which show now, but it had to be 40+ years ago or more).  I didn't think that was funny, couldn't laugh.  I'd read quite a lot about the concentration camps because my uncle wouldn't talk about his tank group opening up one of them, so I had a smidgin of an inkling how awful it was, but I didn't experience it (I was born nine months after the war ended).  Eventually, other survivors who joked about their experiences got me to smile in a couple of specific cases, but I still can't guffaw over any humor that's quite so dark.

      One of the best pieces of drama I ever saw was on PBS and called God on Trial and it's on YouTube.  It's a group of men at Auschwitz who put God on trial for being the one responsible for their predicament.

      Still, as comics know, "tragedy + time = comedy."  It's tried and true and patently obvious here at DK.  We survived the Bushista years on some pretty dark humor - it was a choice to laugh... or dissolve in a heap of hysterical tears....  Just pisses me off that Obama has continued so many of the Bushista policies, so I'm back to a lot of snark running through my brain, most of which I could never write for fear of being HRd into oblivion.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 12:46:34 PM PDT

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