I have a fairly dark sense of humor. I don’t indulge it very frequently because it’s so easy to give people the wrong impression.
I also have a reputation as an intellectual. I leave it to others to decide if said reputation is deserved. All I know is, I live the life I live, the only way I know how. That’s just a little more than the law will allow. Uh… no, wait a minute.
The “laughing so you don’t cry” thing makes a lot of sense. People who don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how the world works don’t seem to understand that there aren’t any rules and life isn’t fair and sometimes good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people because the universe isn’t designed to make sense. It isn’t designed at all, really, in my view.
As I said in a recent GD thread, “The world seems mad and cruel only because we have an unreasonable expectation that it should be otherwise.”
So either you bewail the injustice inherent in an unstructured universe, or you cultivate a dark sense of humor as a coping mechanism. By contrast, if you think the world is a warm, comforting place that takes your personal needs and feelings into account, then it makes sense that you’d find big-eyed kitten greeting cards to be the height of good humor.
For best results, back up and drive over it again a few times. Especially if it’s a big-eyed kitten.