“The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” That is a well used quote used in fundraising for scholarships. The sense of humor is also a terrible thing to waste and yet it seems that today people shy away from using humor because just about every topic that might lend itself to humor is now off limits. We have carried this business of political correctness to the extent that we cannot even joke about ourselves because we might find that offensive too. For Pete’s sake, loosen up a little, America.
I have been writing humor for the past few weeks in preparation for Mayberry Days at Mt. Airy. By the time you read this it will be history. I believe that in the past I became pretty good at writing humor and some of it has been published in magazines and I have some humor books too. I’ve written for a number of top speakers and even for corporate presidents and one supreme court justice. It seems to be more difficult today than ever before to find things that people can laugh at without looking over their shoulder to see who might be watching them. I truly believe that if we as a nation lose our sense of humor then we will be in for real problems ahead because humor and laughter is a powerful tool often leading to sanity. We seem to be taking ourselves too seriously. As a friend of mine says at every occasion possible, “We might as well laugh because none of us are going to get out of this life alive.”