Others Are Invited to As Well

Let's be clear about a distinction here.  I'm the funniest person I know, so I constantly crack myself up.  Being funny is a big part of what I do for a living.  But laughing at myself is something different - it means laughing at my vanities, my ego, my sense of unique value and consequence in the world.  The moment I start to think I'm more important than the guy who collects my trash - well - that's pretty funny.  After all, if he misses a day of work, people notice right away.  Being able to laugh at yourself is like a prayer - for an instant you see the world through God's eyes.
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
2 Responses Jul 9, 2007

Thank you for resuscitating this story, Nyx. I looked at the date, 7/9/07 - very early on in my EP tenure. I stand behind it today and wouldn't change a word. I worry about people who have trouble laughing at themselves - and God bless Dame Edna and all the others who help keep things in perspective. - It's not that individuals aren't important, they ARE important - and wonderfully unique. But until you drop the idea that - in God's eyes - you are more important than that blind beggar on the temple steps in New Delhi; in my book, you're a pretty green banana.

As that world-renowned philosopher (and international superstar) Dame Edna says, "If you can't laugh at yourself, Possum, you could be missing the joke of the century!" And she means that in the nicest possible way.