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Why Not Laugh?   16 comments

November 2, 2020
Is humor an important element is your stories? Do you ever laugh at something you’ve written?

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Not a Comedian

Humor is not a huge element in my novels. The apocalypse isn’t funny. Peter’s life isn’t funny. I haven’t written a minstrel into Daermad Cycle.

But …

Sometimes life hands you lemons and humor is the ultimate juicer. There’s Trevor in “What If Wasn’t” series. He’s got a great sense of humor and he verbalizes it often. Little jokes just laced through the rather dark tale of a young man who can’t seem to find the light.

Occasionally there are reasons to laugh in the apocalypse. Shane makes observations about Cai’s tendency to talk too much, for example. Jill makes jokes about how adventurous and oppositional Shane was as a child. Mike makes self-deprecating observations about himself. Marnie thinks her dysfunctional family is really odd and Cai understands her humor. It doesn’t turn the apocalypse into a laugh-riot, but it relieves tension occasionally.

And Then There’s Satire

I’m a libertarian (small “l” deliberate, I remain a nonpartisan) and I didn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016 and currently don’t plan to vote for him tomorrow. A side effect of not having a dog in the political pit is that I don’t need to freak out or defend anyone. I can enjoy the benefits of this administration while ignoring the negatives … if I choose.

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Following the election of Trump in November of 2016, I watched with bemused alarm as the American left lost its mind in disbelief that their flawed, screeching, corrupt, condescending candidate lost the election. Trump Derangement Syndrome was on full parade and I found that fascinating. I also watched with amusement as my conservative friends waxed lovingly about how Trump could walk on water. I then ran across an article that confirmed my observations. I had a prompt for an anthology to write a humor piece from a libertarian perspective and I created Connor, a libertarian-anarchist (so he doesn’t vote) living in a fictional upper Midwest town who infiltrates enclaves of both major political parties on the day after Election Day 2016. It was meant to make people laugh about a subject people take too seriously. I don’t know. Maybe you’re as sick of this nonsense as I am and wish you could find a reason to laugh about any of it. It might also help you to know what libertarians and nonpartisans are thinking during such partisan times.

“Beacon barks, so I let him in. He climbs back up on his coach where he can look out the front windows at the distant cars on the road past our place. I ruffle his ears. He licks my hand. Does he wonder what I taste like or does he love me? He’s a yellow Lab. Of course, he loves me! They don’t actually taste their food.”

“Whoa! That’s a lot. It doesn’t really surprise me, but I’m hardly a good judge of an election. The polls had insisted Clinton would win, but trying to influence an election through demographic analysis is not the same as actually putting your finger on the pulse of the electorate. You just can’t measure the depth and breadth of American political sentiment by asking 1000 people a question, no matter how well worded. The Trump signs in the yards had alerted me that our neighbors were planning to vote for him. Why are the bagel shop patrons surprised? Trump signs outnumbered Clinton signs by 4 to 1 as of last week. I wrote an article about it. Do these people not read my articles?”

“I can do political education while entertaining sarcastic thoughts. Or maybe it’s because I can think sarcastic thoughts that I excel at political education. Humor makes it all so much less caustic and cruel.”

Really? Does the largest military in the world really need rebuilding? Do we have to have troops in the Netherlands?

Really? I envision the bagel shop coterie tied to chairs with duct tape over their mouths, sitting here amidst their neighbors. It’s a brilliant idea. My parents would spend the rest of their lives in prison for kidnapping, but it might be worth it.

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Posted November 2, 2020 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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A Plethora of Two Cows   Leave a comment

I have loved this explanation of Political Philosophy since the first time I read an example, which was considerably shorter than this version of the list. Which, I have tweaked where I felt it was needed.

All examples of the Two Cows Scenario of Political Philosophy begin with two cows.

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and as many eggs as the regulations say you should need.

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FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage.

BUREAUCRACY:You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. After that it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

APPLIED COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

MILITARIANISM: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: The government promises to give you two cows if you vote for it. After the election, the president is impeached for speculating in cow futures. The press dubs the affair “Cowgate”.

BRITISH DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. You feed them sheeps’ brains and they go mad. The government doesn’t do anything.

SINGAPOREAN DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. The government fines you for keeping two unlicensed farm animals in an apartment.

ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors will stop buying your milk and you will be forced to sell them the cows to someone who understands how capitalism works.

CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. You expand it to a herd, selling the milk, buy more cows, sell more milk, causing the economy to grow. You then take your dairy herd public as a Fortune 500 company. People will then complain that you are exploiting whoever is buying the milk.

HONG KONG CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly-listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt / equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows’ milk back to the listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because the fung shui is bad.

ENVIRONMENTALISM: You have two cows. The government bans you from milking or killing them.

TOTALITARIANISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.

THERAPYISM: You have two cows. One is a metaphor for your inner child. The other is the manifestation of anger toward a parental figure. You take one of the cows on walks through grassy fields by the gentle ocean waves. The other you beat with an anger bat.

INSURANCISM: You have two cows. The Federal regulator requires you to hold one cow in reserve because they predict a shortage of milk. The Provincial/State regulator requires you to drop the price of milk because they predict a surplus of milk. The courts deem your cows inherently dangerous and order you to provide free milk to anyone who has ever been frightened by a farm animal. The marketing people are promising chocolate milk at an enhanced commission and you discover your own actuaries have been building pricing models assuming goats instead to save on the expense line.  (©2007 Mike McLoughlin, Executive Director, Memphis Recovery Centers)

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CORPORATISM: You have two cows. You sell one, force the other to produce the milk of four cows and then act surprised when it drops dead. You blame the startup venture that is pressuring your profit and demand the government regulate the milking of cows and the selling of milk. You help to write the regulations which assure you will remain the largest producer of milk.

PROGRESSIVISM: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point that you must sell them both in order to support someone else who already got a free cow from the government.

REPUBLICAN PARTY: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what?

DEMOCRATIC PARTY: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.

FRENCH CORPORATISM: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

JAPANESE CORPORATISM: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.

GERMAN CORPORATISM: You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

ITALIAN CORPORATISM:

You have two cows but you don’t know where they are. You break for lunch.

RUSSIAN OLIGARCHY:

You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

SWISS CAPITALISM: You have 5000 cows, none of which belongs to you. You charge for storing them for others.

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TALIBANI CORPORATION: You have two cows. You turn them loose in the Afghan “countryside” and they both die. You blame the godless American infidels and the Jews.

CHINESE STATE FASCISM: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

IRAQI CORPORATION: Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the hell out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a democracy.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

Posted November 23, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Political Philosophy

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