According to this newsarticle, the producers of the "The Simpsons" have made the decision to pull certain episodes that make fun of nuclear mismanagement / disaster due to the hardships in Japan over the nuclear reactor. Now, at first glance, this appears to be a thoughtful and respectful thing to do in consideration for those struggling overseas (and for those in other parts of the world concerned with the global effects it may have). But with all we have come to understand about humour, is it the best decision for the health of it?
This may be a very touchy subject, as many people have certain beliefs and attitudes about propriety in the face of challenge. However, I tend to strongly lean towards laughter as a way to handle such stressful situations. Laughter not only enhances our physiology by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and increases our oxygen uptake and happy hormone circulation (a.k.a. endorphines) but it can bring people together, promote cohesion, and lower our stress response to things such as.....global disaster.
|Humour in advertising goes along |
way too. This is an ad for a gym.
Just go onto Youtube and you
will find many banned ads that will
make your sides hurt..in a good way.
I believe that was what saved me and continue to try my very best to choose laughter over woe. Of course, the woe is going to come and you must acknowledge it and move through it, but to wallow in it and make it your friend is something that will most certainly decrease immune system function and make you sick over time. There is no subject that you can't laugh at. There is a saying (based upon a quote from a famous thinker that I can't remember at the moment) that was used in an old Woody Allen movie (I can't remember which one) that stated - and I'm paraphrasing - "Humour is tragedy plus time". Meaning, if you wait long enough, an otherwise tragic event can be lightened up through humour. Of course, anyone who has gone through a tragedy may beg to differ, but it is solely based upon the perception of the individual and not the circumstance they are experiencing.
|This is the woman I want to become|
when I hit 80! I don't know what's
so great about her, but she looks
like she would be alotta laughs!
So whether you believe "The Simpson's" producers made the right (or wrong) decision could be up for debate. I'm sure their hearts were in the right place...or it could be motivated by political-correctedness..who knows. Either way, there are still many episodes to choose from if it makes you laugh. If not, change the channel, put on a funny Podcast, find a halarious movie, clip, picture, ringtone, or friend that gives you that healthy bout of laughter. A good belly laugh is equavalent to 10 minutes on the rowing machine.....at least that's what I've heard.
So in the words of George Carlin, I leave you with this consideration.....
Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things!
That's all I got.