A group of Sun City Senior citizens was sitting around talking about their ailments:
“My arms are so weak I can barely hold a cup of coffee”, said one.
“Yes, I know. My cataracts are so bad I can’t even see my coffee”, replied another.
DID YOU KNOW?
Friedrich Nietzsche distinguishes two different purposes for the use of laughter. In a positive sense, “man uses the comical as a therapy against the restraining jacket of logic, morality and reason. He needs from time to time a harmless demotion from reason and hardship and in this sense laughter has a positive character for Nietzsche.” Laughter can, however, also have a negative connotation when it is used for the expression of social conflict. This is expressed, for instance, in The Gay Science : “Laughter — Laughter means to be schadenfroh, but with clear conscience.”
“Possibly Nietzsche’s works would have had a totally different effect, if the playful, ironical and joking in his writings would have been factored in better”
“I can’t turn my head because of arthritis in my neck”, said a third, to which several nodded in agreement.
My blood pressure pills make me dizzy,” another went on.
“I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as he shook his head.
Then there was a short moment of silence…
“Well, it’s not that bad,” said one woman cheerfully. “Thank God, we can all still drive”!