Who is the Oxymoron?


Is that your brother-in-law?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction, while humor is a process that removes self-imposed limits, and so I’ll relate two personal experiences I had while living in Santa Barbara.

Testing One’s Limits

At the beach I tested how far I could jump. After 3 jumps I landed in the same place. Then I drew a line in the sand and jumped more than a foot farther. On another night I told jokes at a comedy club. It was my first time—a virgin. I told a very funny story but no one laughed. How embarrassing! The next performer went on and on using every ‘dirty’ word and explicative-deleted in the book, he brought the house down. What does this have to do with anything.

Use the Knob

It’s about waking up because we’re all trapped within self-imposed limits. Did you know Freud wrote a book about jokes? In “Jokes and their Relation to the Subconscious, Freud defines a joke as “a playful communication without moral implication whereby an image implanted in the audience’s mind is twisted with utmost brevity to reveal unforeseen consequences, thereby triggering an involuntary reaction”. He goes on to explain that it is even funnier if you can include the word “knob”.

Release Your Pent Up Taboos

The audience at the comedy club was releasing pent up taboos from mom and dad who scolded “no,” every time the kid touched, said, or did something unspeakable. We are all limited by our inculcation, our upbringing. Releasing limits can result in laugher or the ‘ah-hah’ experience. Sufis understand this and lead people to enlightenment through humor.

One Liners to Try On
Horse walks into a bar. “No wheat juice, thanks. It’s my gluten intolerance.”
Horse walks into a bar. “My girlfriend is in love with a mare.”
Horse walks into a bar. Bartender says, “Why the long face?”
Wait, wait! I mean the Bartender says “Why the long knob?”
If your brother in law is an oxymoron, maybe you should show him the door, or at least the knob.

Too serious for you. Start hobnobbing with playing. It’s the only way to work!


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