Being a parent is such serious business that we dare not take it too seriously. Children are inherently funny. So are parents. We all are at our funniest when we are desperately struggling to appear to be in control of a new situation.
(Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, introduction (1991).)
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down.... Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Spiritualism," All Things Considered (1908).)
“I, too, overflow; my desires have invented new desires, my body knows unheard-of songs. Time and again I, too, have felt so full of luminous torrents that I could burst-burst with forms much more beautiful than those which are put up in frames and sold for a fortune. And I, too, said nothing, showed nothing; I didnt open my mouth, I didnt repaint my half of the world. I was ashamed. I was afraid, and I swallowed my shame and my fear. I said to myself: You are mad! Whats the meaning of these waves, these floods, these outbursts? Where is the ebullient infinite woman who...hasnt been ashamed of her strength? Who, surprised and horrified by the fantastic tumult of her drives (for she was made to believe that a well-adjusted normal woman has a ...divine composure), hasnt accused herself of being a monster? Who, feeling a funny desire stirring inside her (to sing, to write, to dare to speak, in short, to bring out something new), hasnt thought that she was sick? Well, her shameful sickness is that she resists death, that she makes trouble.”