“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”
Sometimes, you just have to laugh at the absurdity of it all. You can prepare, plan and strategise all you want – life throws you curveballs again, and again, and again. It always will. In a universe governed by entropy and decay, why expect order?
I’m not saying nihilism or apathy is the answer, though. We must take responsibility for what we can, do everything in our power to prepare, and move ourselves closer to our goals. But, when it all goes tits up – you just have to laugh. It’s better than crying about how unfair the universe is, or wallowing in your misery.
Humour is one of the most valuable tools we have in the face of overwhelming odds. We’re social animals: we’ve evolved this incredible coping mechanism over millions of years. The evidence is all around us: jokes exist across all cultures. Laughing has been empirically proven to reverse the harmful impact of stress on our bodies.
Just think about the young men in the trenches of Belgium in WW1, laughing and cracking jokes amongst themselves in the most horrific conditions, while death rained down upon them, as an example of this at it’s extremes.
Do you have a fraction of their courage? Can you laugh in the face of your problems, refuse to let them overwhelm you – and forge on regardless?