Sometimes people say they do not get my humor. I understand that. Because it's weird. When you come from a weird background, humor gets a little twisted. Yet it allows you some distance, a sort of respite or distraction from the pain. It also helps to view things from a different perspective - avoiding the pitfall of taking oneself too seriously amidst much confusion.
Watching a PBS story on Japanese Snow Monkeys helped me to understand this. Their human like behavior is what we find so endearing about them. A scene repeated in the ads for the documentary shows one monkey ambushing another, jumping on the back of the unsuspecting bather. I'm not sure if a fight ensued - but it reminded me of how we interact with one another - how we fight. In an earlier post I said I thought it was funny how one blogger takes down another. They fight and tear each other to pieces - using their blog and website. Though all the contenders are Catholic - they upset themselves and the entire 'blogosphere' with their issues. One sees that with discussions on the Synod. Though mostly speculation by a lot of people who know little to nothing about what is really going on - save from negative news sources or scandal 'journalists' they subscribe to . If you are able to step back, disengage for a few moments - or a few days - you get a glimpse of the behavior. I think it pretty closely resembles that of the Snow Monkeys.
Long story short - I playfully wondered if that is how God sees things. I can't imagine God is agitating Catholics into a panic over the Synod, nor that he stirs people up to lambaste fellow Catholics who have different points of view on all the clamor surrounding discussions by the Synod Fathers. The Synod is more or less closed - so who can know what the results will be? Hence my consideration - maybe God laughs at us - just a little. The way we say things? After all, those who do not hold back on condemnations seem to believe God will excuse them, saying, "you were a little hard in that battle but I forgive you because you did it for me and my little ones." I trust God is merciful.
I don't know - but I get a kick out of it. Catholic blogisticians online crack me up. One blogger says the Synod is demonic yet admits she doesn't know what is really going on. Another blogger who has a continuing campaign against Fr. Rosica says he's sacrificing everything else - hopefully not duties in his state of life - to blog breaking news reports on what is going on at the Synod - for the sake of those who have no voice. I don't know - but I think that is sitcom material. I'm not being sarcastic, nor am I mocking these folks. I'm not pretending to be above them, or better than them - I simply think it's funny. After all, how many people use the cliche, "sick back with popcorn to watch" the silliness unfold?
I totally cracked up over this line from
When we take ourselves so seriously, and imagine that we are indispensable - it's funny. Especially when you jump on another monkey's back while he's totally unaware, and the two of you wrestle each other in the pool. It's very childlike.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices. - St. Teresa of Avila
This pretty much says it all.