If You Don’t Laugh…

by Stuart Miles courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net
by Stuart Miles courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net

A close friend of mine always says, “If you don’t laugh, you cry.”

That statement couldn’t be furthest from the truth.

There are so many things going on in this world that can make the strongest person shed a tear. War, famine, and regular injustices plague our world at an alarming rate. Every day there is a story about some tragedy that could have been avoided by softer hearts.

For this reason I created I Mean, Really Dude. It’s a way for me to laugh at the things that I would normally cry over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insensitive. It’s just I would rather see the hilarity and irony out of things.

In no way do I find the pain of others a matter to take lightly but I do find the ironic reality hilarious.

For instance, a man stabbing his own brother over a video game. The situation is a tragedy but the fact that siblings kill or hurt one another over things so minimal gets my sarcasm going. Why can’t we love each other more? Why can’t we be less aggressive? Was the game that important?

I look at everything as a means of learning. Each situation is an opportunity for us to look at our lives in a cynical way. If we spend all our time being serious, we lose sight of what is really important. Sometimes you have to smile to avoid the stress that comes with life.

It may seem like I am crazy for saying so, but as sad as the world’s issues are, I need to laugh at certain things to keep from feeling depressed.

Like how the government overlooks the problems of our own country to fight another. Sad, right? Now think about how they are so in debt from other wars that forging another one is asinine. See the hilarity?

It’s a dark humor, but humor none the less.

I could totally lose supporters and fans for admitting such a thing. Honestly, I don’t mind. If you can’t see my point, that is all right. But I would rather be honest about it and not lie to you.

Would you respect me more if I told the truth or if I pretended to not be the way I am?

Being an empathetic person, I feel the pain of others without knowing them. Do you know the amount of depression I incur due to being bipolar? If I don’t laugh, I’ll go crazy.

Don’t be alarmed. I don’t go around laughing at other people’s pain. I do, however, give myself the opportunity to see the laughter in life. Some things can’t be laughed at, but most things have an irony to them.

Kind of like the Malaysian plane that went missing. By far, I do not find the hurt and pain of the families funny. I pray they find solace in the memories of their loved ones. I do, however, find it sarcastically ironic that the governments looking for the plane fed us the cockamamie stories about finding the plane debris, than not finding it, than finding it again, than not finding it, than finding it again to end the search. I mean, really???

No matter how many examples I give I’ll either seem really cold-hearted or really strong for not allowing things to get to me. It’s up to you how you see what I am saying.

All I can do is be honest about it and ask that you try to see my point of view without judgment.

If you still aren’t convinced that I mean everything with the sincerest of intentions, check out I Mean, Really Dude for yourself. I am very selective about the stories I cover. Like I said, some things CAN’T be laughed at but most things will bring you slight relief in its tragic nature.

Before you close your mind to it, give it a try. Sarcasm eases the pain we would normally feel if we allow it.

Until next time.