The Scene of a Thousand Jokes

The Scene of a Thousand Jokes


Laughter is one of the ways we cope with the discrepancies of our lives. There is a dream we all have for this world, and then there is, well, this world. There are expectations we have of our religions, and then there are our religions . . . Our capacity to love God, ourselves, people, and all of life grows with our capac­ity to laugh. We are ridiculous, and not to laugh at our religions, our worldviews, and our philosophies (that is, ourselves), would be a false witness . . . This ability to laugh in the midst of our imperfections in the presence of God is what we call grace.

Samir Selmanovic

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