What is a joke?

How we perceive reality and others is expressed in almost everything we do. Even jokes. Interestingly, we normally interpret jokes to be a statement with no basis in reality. But is this true? What, in daily life, is a joke? A hearty joke with clear intent can be discerned from another one that is variegated even slightly. But no matter what, jokes are always based on some aspect of perceived reality. That is only what makes it funny. It is funny only when it touches on the commonality of how something is perceived or experienced.

Jokes are like caricature paintings that take the picture of a real person and exaggerate it slightly into a new image. The new image is funny because the onlookers are familiar with the real person the picture is based on! So the caricature is funny because they can trace each exaggeration to a common denominator of an actual trait that is recognized and experienced in a similar way. Thus with every joke, how you perceive reality is given voice and expression somehow. There is a science to everything in life that must conform to universal principles. Once you recognize the principle, the manifestations are discernible.

Of course this is not meant to make laughter mechanical or an analytical activity with everyone. No! It only addresses the lawfulness of it. But please, with good intentions, be merry, joke and laugh!

~Ikenna Q Ezealah

About Ikenna Q Ezealah

Ikenna Q Ezealah is a writer, author and essayist whose themes embrace human-spiritual development.
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