Monday, 30 July 2018

A sense of fun


I read the other day that most people have two main characteristics in their make-up. One part of them is serious, sensible and responsible whereas the other is jovial, more laissez-faire and full of fun. The exact percentage between the two characteristics varies from one person to another.

This led me to think, seriously, about fun.

Now, I have not been given to much fun in life. I have always been a serious person. Somewhat lacking in humour. Some would say dour even. Taking my responsibilities seriously.

After all, how can we as a people deal with the world's economic and social and all other problems if we go around having "fun".

If it was up to me, fun would be a sin, a crime, punishable by tickling with a wet celery stick.

And yet, there are many organisations set up for the sole purpose of purveying fun.

Funfairs for instance. The very name betrays its evil intent.

You go there and ride into a little vehicle on rails which takes you up to a great height and then drops you down at the speed of gravity so that your heart misses a beat or two, your stomach ejects its contents through your mouth and your bladder echoes the same sentiments. What great fun a roller coaster is!

Or your ride a ghost train which goes through a dark tunnel for the sole purpose of being frightened to death by unexpected noises and cardboard characters appearing from nowhere.

I am sure you can imagine other means of fun at the funfair. Like getting a sugar rush by eating tons of candy floss, or pop corn or whatever else sugar saturated drinks are on offer.

Of course, funfairs are not the only ones guilty of encouraging people to have fun.

Other means of having fun are dance halls with their loud music where people get together and gyrate aimlessly like drunken giraffes.

Or climbing mountains for no apparent reason apart from the fact they are there.

Or squeezing oneself into narrow humid and dark caves, again for no apparent reason I can think of.

Or swimming with dolphins, or sardines, if you cannot afford dolphins.

Or jumping off a bridge or a canyon whilst tied to a piece of elastic and bouncing up and down like a yo yo.

Or ... I don't know ... I am sure you folks out there can think of other ways of having "fun".

Personally, I like the world to be sober and responsible. Sense and sensibility as Jane Austen said.

If "fun" is considered necessary it should be in the form of reading a book quietly at home or in the library. Something like the Encyclopaedia Britannica should do.

Or playing chess on one's honeymoon. Now that IS fun I tell you!!!

If, like medicine, fun is required for health purposes, it should be administered in small doses at long intervals, say once a year or so.

If it was up to me I would put a tax on fun. Now that's something the politicians have missed out on, haven't they? They should study every activity known to man, or woman, and if there is the slightest modicum of fun involved then they should tax it in order to curtail its use or performance.

If we were meant to have fun then we would all have been born with red noses, or other small peculiarities that makes one laugh at or be amused by.

I'll wait for a moment or two for your minds to wonder and list what small peculiarities tend to amuse you ...

OK ... back to attention now ... let us know what makes you have fun so we can tax it.

25 comments:

  1. Life is a funfair, isn't it?

    :)

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    1. No ... definitely not. We should all be srious and miserable. Miserable is good. there is not enough miserable in the world.

      God bless you.

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    2. I like it, Sandi.

      God bless, my friend.

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  2. I keep telling politicians tbey should legalize prostitution in USA (some think that's fun] and then tax 'em! I'm way ahead of you in thought/taxation.

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    1. Not just prostitution, Anni. All sex should be taxed. I'm sure the technicians can invent a device that checks peoples' activity and tax them automatically as often as they perform !!!

      God bless.

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  3. laissez-faire.

    yes, that's who I want to be.

    and is the root word in there LAZY?

    ;-}

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    1. There's nothing wrong with being lazy, Linda. I'm an expert at it.

      God bless.

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  4. Careful what you wish for...I read blogs for fun.

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    1. Hey it's great to see you here again, Kathy. Please call again. It'll be fun ... promise.

      God bless.

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  5. Fun and responsibility is a balance, I actually enjoy weeding.

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    1. If weeding is fun we'll tax that too.

      God bless you, Christine.

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  6. A tax on fun? Oh, my! I'd have no money left to spend on having fun - lol!
    Blessings, Victor!

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    1. I like your logic, Martha. Well done. The thing is, these days there are those intent on taking all the fun out of life. You should see how depressing our newspapers and TV news is.

      I'll give an example. Some so called "clever" people are encouraging the Government to put a tax on sugar to fight obesity. This means a tax on chocolates, biscuits, sweets, cakes, lemonades and other drinks, basically a tax on everything. Instead of eating and drinking responsibly; people are in effect telling the Government, "I am stupid, I eat anything, tax me so I don't get fat". They have also asked for a tax on "junk food", whatever that is - pizza, burgers, fried potatoes, etc. etc.

      Have you ever known people asking the Government to tax them? We do in the UK.

      God bless.

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  7. I'm with Martha Jane! As for you being serious and never having fun... shaking my head!! :)

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    1. Yeah Terri. I've had enough having fun. Seriously.

      God bless you my friend.

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  8. Reading your blog is my idea of fun, Victor!

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    1. What a nice and kind thing to say, Chris. Thanx. I've changed my mind. From now on I'll have more fun on this Blog. Please tell Terri. (See above comment).

      God bless you, Chris.

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  9. Maybe the Beatles had it right when they wrote Taxman all those years ago.

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    1. I remember that song, Bill. Sadly, taxes have been with us for centuries. St Matthew, one of Christ's disciples, was a taxman. And Jesus said, "Return to Caesar what is Caesar's ..."

      God bless you, my friend.

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  10. Actually, most of the 'fun' activities you cite I'd pay so as NOT to participate!

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    1. Hooray ... Mevely agrees with me. Thank you Mevely.

      I mean ... what is the point of going down dark caves? Or throwing oneself from a bridge with one's feet tied to an elastic? Must do a lot of harm to your insides, surely? If I want to feel that dizzy I'd drink a pint of whisky.

      Thank you Mevely for agreeing that fun is not good for us.

      God bless.

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  11. One of my fun times is walking.
    You don't sound very serious to me!!! : )

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    1. Happyone, I doubt I have ever been serious in my life. Except perhaps the day I said, "I do". And I've regretted it ever since.

      She asked me, "Do you think my bottom looks big in this dress?" I replied, "I do".

      God bless.

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