Why do we need to laugh? … Why does the incongruous capture us? … Would be so much easier to live a life of predictable, predetermined, and predestined interaction – to live with certainty, with jointly agreed parameters, without randomness of input or output … would be so much easier to be content … would be so much smarter to eschew something that fractures the pattern rather than to be attracted to it.
I cannot live without laughter and I persist, I persist in finding people who make me laugh …I find them “by accident”, and I find them “on purpose” …in truth I seek them. And when I find laughter I feel nourished and I don’t want to let go for … but when I laugh … I tilt … and when I tilt …. It is “in a pig’s eye” all over again.…
Tilting brings complications. Tilting plunges you into cognitive conflict, and drags you into dissonance. So how to address “tilting”?
New Years Resolutions loom – am entertained by sorting out hierarchical/ ranking issues of “tilting” within each of the seven deadly sins – just know addressing all seven in 2005 will stretch me too thinly, tension me too tautly, precipitate a snap… need to filter the sins, finely filter them as the hairy cirri of the acorn barnacle strain plankton from the sea, …need to select one deadly sin for a principal “tilting” focus and neglect the rest.
Should I focus my attention and efforts in 2005 on Lust, or on Greed; on Envy, or on Wrath; on Pride or Sloth or Gluttony? I have issues and anecdote to ensure a fit with all of these. Have family and colleagues who can, and will, offer compelling personal testimony for my involvement in each. Perhaps a modblog poll will help, but on the other hand I have never been much reassured by democratic process and democracy.
Perhaps it is all about deliverance? The new pizza outfit on Dominion Rd knows all about deliverance - To order call 0800 666 111 or go to our award winning website www.hell.co.nz and order online – Even the pizza’s are appropriately named. Tonight, it is New Years Eve, perhaps I could start by ordering in Wrath – Pepperoni, Onions, Capsicums, Tomatoes, Chillies. Optional: Olives, Jalapeno Peppers and Anchovies.
Unless, .... unless I can be persuaded otherwise. Can already feel those “In support of a lifetime spent tilting” counter arguments stirring …