I just wrote something on the “Rituals of Death” thread to Byz, who was feeling pretty sad over her brother, and it made me think of this.
In the “On Your Deathbed” thread, I also talked about an emotional life being the one I’d be happiest to have lived.
Of all the ways in which humans are set apart from the animals, I believe our ability to feel certain things, and to manifest those feelings in physical expression, are the most magical and precious gifts we have. Specifically:
Sorrow —> Tears
Joy ------> Laughter
No other animal has these abilities, that we are sure about. I think certainly animals can feel joy and sorrow, but they don’t have the physical expression that we have.
I’d have to say that my two favorite things in life are laughing and crying, because they both happen when I am feeling the most, and feeling is what it is all about for me.
And of course, they slop into each other all the time, don’t they? How many of us have laughed so hard we cried? Or cried so long that we finally laughed?
Unfortunately for me, I cry very easily and it is very difficult to make me laugh out loud. When I do, though, when I really go to town, it’s pretty funny in itself. If something hits me just right I can laugh so hard I nearly stop breathing. My face gets all purple, I’m gasping for air, tears are streaming down my cheeks, and I end up with a stomachache.
Man, there’s nothing like it!
So what do you guys think? What are the most precious and magical gifts we have as humans?
He who laughs last thinks slowest.