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Keep laughing

Keep laughing

Photographer:Fotograaf: Anna Egutkina

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On top of being clueless, exhausted and back at your mom and dad’s, the post-Bachelor time can be quite intimidating. Especially when you graduate in the middle of global crisis. News about increasing poverty, recession and President Putin’s latest whims make you want to empty a bottle and roll a thick blanket over your head.

But it cannot be all that bad. There needs to be some solution for getting out of the trap, right?

Last week, after watching a documentary about humor, in the midst of my extremely busy schedule (read: I am soooo bored), I got an explanation on how to discuss and deal with difficult issues.

According to historians, sociologists, psychologists and scientists we find it hilarious when someone falls from the chair, has a third nipple, cannot pronounce the word serendipity, smells weird…or does something we all do yet do not want to admit (read: fart and go for number two).

Cracking up, however, doesn’t mean that we are all cruel, indifferent creatures who want bad things for others. Laughter and sarcasm can also be a way to bring painful things to front in a humane way.

Already for centuries, the best political debates have risen from satire. As the notorious Icelandic comedian Hugleikur Dagsson (pronounce:Who·let·the·Dogs·out) says, with humor people make serious matters more approachable.

That is, although something or someone makes you laugh, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are laughing at them. Dagsson himself uses vulgar cartoons to talk about discrimination, war, incest, murder and rape to mention a few.

To make a point clear, lets try a joke:

 

What do a bachelor and a Bachelor have in common?

After years of trying, they both live with their parents and eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

So, while I and all other aimless graduates keep trying to find our place on this earth, remember this: as long as you can laugh (at yourself), everything will be okay.

 

Ida Roivainen, alumna at UCM

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