When did humour become down-/up-graded and when was the last time you were so tickled by something or someone that you laughed till you cried? Recently at a social gathering, more so an outing to the local pub I was engaged in a heated debate with my peers; my vocal cords were on a roll. After a lengthy discussion with my mates, one of them brought up a topic saying that if you text someone and that someone didn’t text you back you had lost. "Lost what?" I immediately asked. They want on to add that not only had the person who had text lost but that they had had the last laugh. Wait a minute! I thought what if the text that had been sent didn’t warrant a reply would this decree still hold? “Oh yes,” I was assured. Whilst calmly perturbed by this conversation, I was reminded of my youthful days when it was of vital importance for me to have the ‘last word’ or ‘last laugh (dont ask me why).’
Its funny about youth, some of the young always tend to want to be heard (exlain the loud voices that get toned down as we get older), not that the old don’t want to be heard, but being younger makes one more relentless, more seeking and very confident ( a trait apparent in some of the older but not all) and very stubborn. I think so many of us have carried on some of these traits. Even in the worst of situations, I tend to always figure out a way to avoid the ‘raw end’ of things with varying success ofcourse.
Laughter is becoming competitive, it’s like a tag of war race; laughter in happiness or laughter to ridicule which all can become confusing. Returning to the pub conversation, I was rather amused as the majority seemed to agree that it was a big deal if you text someone and they didn’t text back. A text instance that was cited; “I am running late,” which in my view shouldn’t warrant a response (because the 'texter' is left to wonder what the 'textee' will do or say when they reach their destination) unless its like “okay see you soon,” otherwise a reply like “Forget it,’ or “Your sorry a*se will be in a lot of trouble,” will cause an upheaval (which it often does) leaving one to wonder who is really having the last laugh!!!
So cutting to the chase, laughter is contagious, the one who thinks they are having the ‘last laugh,’ shouldn’t be fooled that the other party isn’t having the last laugh. In a world where humour, good things to smile, chuckle or laugh about are in a trickle down state, it is perhaps good to laugh a little more, whether you are having the ‘last laugh’ or think that you are…