Humor is such a good tool. It relieves tension on conversation. It relieves pressure. The saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine’ has been common place for everyone who speaks and understands English. In the Christian world, we are quite familiar with Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Combining these two popular quotes and becoming a philosophy or principle, humor has been made a powerful tool. Except you have the “indie” personality or “want to be different” attitude, even in lecture halls or classrooms, we liked teachers and lecturers who have good sense of humor. Yes, we may justify that those very same teachers and lecturers are intelligent, but humor definitely served as a springboard or an opening act.
Humor is a very powerful tool for the youngsters to understand what you are trying to say. In fact, it transcends age! Because of its power, youth oriented organizations, especially those whose organizations have a literal stage, have devised a way to entice the crowd: comical sketches. Our world seems to be a gloomy and sad place, especially if you are being melancholic about it. With this in mind, humor is now part of recruitment tool or boosting tool.
As youth oriented organizations (especially those with literal stage) exist for quite some time, with humor as one of the tools, the tool itself becomes a chore or a task. Because of this, we began to put on a show, to bring more youngsters back. As years go by, the show becomes more complicated, more technologically enhanced or advanced, the humor, this time, becomes a serious business. Its seriousness is manifested behind the scenes. How to work on the script, the timing, etc. Hence, it’s now indeed a show, not an organization.
Because of this, the word “corny” and its standard becomes higher and higher. The youngsters’ taste for humor becomes more and more delicate, like how a connoisseur was. Hence, a plain feel good humor is now deemed as corny because there are more funny acts to do. Yes, acts. Humor is no longer a tool. It now becomes a standard. Those who had observed this phenomenon were dubbed serious, kill joys, paranoid. They are urged to move more. However, does creating better humor as serious matter in itself? The word “Boo” has become a commonplace. More humor. More humor. All because the tool has become a standard. Finally, these youngsters grew up eventually, knowing that the tool is a standard, only realizing it wrong too late. When it is realized, the sad part is the non-admittance that somehow, the humorous tool becomes our standard.
Folks, let’s go back why we’re here in the first place. Our main reason for existence. Is it for this tool or for something far more better? Humor is only an aspect of our life. Is humor our tool or is it now our standard?