Walter and his wife Marie are shopping in their local supermarket. The husband picks up a case of Craft Beer and puts it in their shopping cart. ‘What are you doing now Walter?’ asks Marie. ‘They’re on sale, only $16 for 24 cans Walter replies. ‘Well, you have to put them back Marie says, because we can’t afford them demands the wife!’

In Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, French philosopher Henri Bergson, renowned for his philosophical studies on materiality, memory, life and consciousness, tries to determine the laws of the comic and to understand the fundamental causes of comic situations. His method consists in determining the causes of the comic instead of analyzing its effects. He also deals with laughter in relation to human life, collective imagination and art, to have a better knowledge of society. One of the theories of the essay is that laughter, as a collective activity, has a social and moral role, in forcing people to eliminate their vices. It is a factor of uniformity of behaviours, as it condemns ludicrous and eccentric behaviours.

And so they carry on shopping. A few aisles further on along Marie picks up a $40 jar of moisturising face cream and lays it down it in the shopping cart. ‘And what do you think you’re doing?’ asks Walter. ‘It’s my face cream honey. It makes me look beautiful,’ replies Marie. Her husband retorts: ‘So do 24 cans of Beer after I’ve drank them and it’s even less than half the price.’ Poor Walter never knew what hit him. The next thing he heard on the supermarket PA system was: ‘Clean-up on aisle 7, we have a husband down

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