I had an L of a time deciding what to write about for the letter
I’ve decided to say a few (hah!) words about
noun, plural levities.
lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.
an instance or exhibition of this.
Anyone who has read more than a ‘few’ of my words, is probably aware that my writing – in fact my life – is crammed to the scuppers with jokes and humor and comedy. Everyone deserves a smile or two each day. More than that, there should be a mandatory, Minimum Daily Intake of humor.
Laughing releases feel-good endorphins. It’s almost as good as sex, and group comedy is almost as good as….No it’s not, but it’s still good. Group humor is the social lubricant that glides tension and stress away. Sharing a couple of jokes in emails, or at lunch, or around the water cooler makes our lives and our jobs so much easier to take.
It’s all well and good to take your life, your job or your marriage seriously, but All Work And No Play – can make Jack a real pain in the ass. Anger turned outward is aggression. Anger turned inward is depression, but anger turned sideways….is humor. 😆
Just as science-fiction helps its readers take a serious alternate view of the world and its social situations and problems, humor can accomplish the same, in a light-hearted, nonthreatening manner. Subjects and situations that are a bit too touchy or taboo to discuss or even think about – can be gently joked about, thinking initiated, and solutions suggested.
I even disagree to a certain extent with the, “lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness” portion of the above definition. Anything, or anybody, who claims to be so important that he/it shouldn’t be joked about, is exactly what needs to have a little (or a lot) of levity applied to its thin skin.
Levity is my fall-back position. If I can’t think of something to write about….publish some jokes. That’s why H in this series was for Humor, and J was for Jokes, to apologise for that insipid I post. Don’t ever think just because I or someone else is telling jokes, that we are not taking the subject, or life in general, seriously. This a serious essay, about a serious subject.
Gerry Seinfeld and a friend once spent an hour debating whether to use the word ‘a’ or ‘the’ in a joke. He replaced the word ‘dog’ with the more specific ‘German Shepherd’ in a limp joke about a blind skydiver – and the new wording killed.
When I went to the online dictionary, to pick up the exact meaning of Levity, I came upon the following definition. I’ve included it to show you just how hard I work to levitate all my levity to you. That’s no joke.
Definitions for lucubrate
to work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night.
to write learnedly.