Lao Tzu*4

“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”

Our thoughts are always funny, though more often funny to others than to our self.

What makes our thoughts funny is they are odd and/or humorous from the perspective of those from other socioeconomic and cultural identity groups. However, we seldom view our thoughts as funny because we take our self-identities seriously. When we view thoughts from many perspectives, we invariably find almost everything funny; all thoughts, ours and those of others. That’s the essence of wisdom. That’s why Buddha is often depicted as laughing.


*Incorrectly attributed to Lao Tzu, but consistent with the Tao.