It’s called humor, people!

Published on July 11, 2011 by      Print
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By Don Ogata

I was in the middle of writing my latest post, “Politically incorrect events that make me laugh so hard I wet my pants” or “Things that crack up an incontinent, misogynistic, racist Buddha-head” when I realized it may attract some negative comments.

Actually, what I want to address is why some people seem to lose their sense of humor when they start on a path of spirituality. It’s especially baffling why someone would come to Recovering Yogi (a witty, sardonic, ironic website) and be a politically correct policeman policeperson person of police persuasion. The articles posted here are all written from a particular viewpoint, which is: “Life is a bitch so we might as well laugh at it.” Sometimes, in order to do that, you take something “serious” and add a dimension called “humor” to twist it slightly.

Here’s an example:

Being on a path of all things spiritual is a noble path to be on, and being Buddhist means there are eight of these noble paths. I’m pretty sure one of the paths is Truthful Sarcasm, both spoken and written. So in order to be a good Buddhist, sarcasm must always be forefront on your tongue and pen.

See, I just made an attempt at being witty. Along the way, that statement could be construed as being offensive to Buddhists, spiritualists and humorists. Others will read it, Google “Noble Eightfold Paths,” and respond that Truthful Sarcasm is not one of them; the author must have meant “Right Speech” and distorted it through the layers of damage they have amassed through drinking, smoking and abuse of small animals. Still others will read it and laugh. That’s it, just laugh. No interpretation, no analysis, no offense, just a chuckle, a nod of the head, and on to the next thing.

I know everything I say and write won’t appeal to everyone. Sometimes it won’t appeal to anyone, but that’s ok, it made me laugh at the time, which is all that counts.

There I go again, possibly offending the narcissists out there.

Personally, I think it’s okay to be spiritual but still be able to laugh at the absurd things that happen around you, even the ones that happen in the spiritual realm. So for those of you who don’t find a lot of humor in the articles here, maybe you shouldn’t be reading them. I know I won’t be offended if you don’t.

Oh, I want everyone to know that I don’t really laugh at incontinence (since that usually causes inadvertent leakage), misogyny is wrong (yeah, so all you women please just sit down), I’m not racist (I equally detest all races), and I am a Buddha-head, not the classic definition of being from Hawaii, but still an American of Japanese ancestry, so I can make that joke.

PS: My son just walked in and I was telling him my inspiration for this article. His comment was that maybe Knock Knock jokes would be more appropriate, so in honor of Matthew Teague’s recent story “When Yoga Attacks,” here you go:

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Yoga

AUUUGGGGHHHH!!!!!

 

About Don Ogata

Don Ogata lives in Southern California and is gainfully employed. He doesn’t have a blog or website and he doesn’t run his own business. His current passions are Yin Yoga and contemplating his next RY sticker placement. He can be found on Facebook or wallowing in self-pity from the Corporate Wasteland.


 

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18 Comments !

  1. Matthew says:


    YES! Thanks for writing this!
    I’ll never fully understand the dichotomy between being a yogi and having no sense of humor, yet, I have met some yogi’s who are the most uptight, rigid, unyielding people I’ve ever met, which is weird since yoga is in part, about being more flexible.
    I do think some people write just so that they can get negative feedback….pretty sure that isn’t happening here on RY, though.
    Nice post and good knock-knock joke!

    • Don says:


      Thanks Matthew, I don’t get it either. It’s like their humor gets sucked out when they go to class and they forget to pick it up at the door.

  2. Matthew says:


    My next post: When an Errant Apostrophe Attacks!

  3. Amelia Catone says:


    electronic high five from one sarcastic yoga nerd to another! we’re not BITTER… we’re just tired of the bull. you know someone is going to read this and say how disappointed she is in you for not seeing through your own suffering well enough to meet the world with equanimity. and i say “she” because i’m a misogynist. definitely. here is my contribution to the knock knock jokes:

    *sound of one hand clapping*
    “who’s there?”
    “yoga.”
    “ommmmmmmmm *fart* namaste.”

  4. Tracie Jansen says:


    Thank you! My life improved remarkably the day I discovered Recovering Yogi and this article explains why. I am exhausted from being told my sarcasm is indicative of my “walls of fear and doubt” and that I have “negative energy” whenever I have the brains to question something that seems, well…silly. I love you, Recovering Yogi…keep it up!

    • Don says:


      Hi Tracie, the ones criticizing are the energy suckers, keep coming to RY to re-charge the sarcasm batteries!

  5. Laura says:


    Thank you! I was just having this conversation with a friend this weekend that just doesn’t get the idea of laughing at all of the silly things we do in the name of “spirituality”. Then again, he is one of those narcissists that I repeatedly offend, too! :)

  6. Donna says:


    Making myself laugh is the thing that makes me laugh most although watching someone else make themselves laugh is almost as funny. That furry alien guy Alf used to do it on that 80′s sitcom. I laughed out loud three times at your article which is a pretty good statistic for not so many words :-)

  7. Jenifer says:


    i spend a lot of time laughing at things all around me. i feel as if i’m living in the theater of the absurd.

    yesterday, i tried to cross the street. i have right of way, but this guy in a truck wanted to get home. As i take a step off the side walk, he slams on his breaks. i step back up, smile, and wave him through.

    he waits.

    i go to step off the side walk at the same moment that he starts. I laugh, and step back onto the side walk, and wave him through.

    he waits.

    so, as soon as I attempt to step off the side walk the third time, he also goes.

    i find this so hilarious i literally step back up on the side walk and throw my head and giggle wildly. it’s funny.

    he rolls down his window and yells profanities.

    it’s really all a matter of perspective, i guess.

    • Jenifer says:


      also, he then went, having yelled his profanities, while i continued giggling. :) then i went home and made a cup of tea.

      i’m so glad i got to share this story.

      • Don says:


        Haha Jenifer, I love your story! Same situation, different viewpoints. It probably irritated him even more how you reacted to the situation. Thanks for sharing a good laugh. :)

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  10. Robin Frisella says:


    There’s a lot of truth in that there sarcasm.

    (thanks, don)


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