You’ve probably heard any number of statistics about the beneficial relationship between laughter and physical health. Aside from what hard data can prove, what is the role of humor in society? How about comedic and satirical forms of art? And before things get too serious: got any good jokes?
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“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,” goes the Sunday school song. Many who grew up in the Church wonder whether they really learned the reality of that song, or just a tune with accompanying words and gestures. How does one “get the joy”—or get it back when it’s been lost?
In deference to movements of the oppressed, men (particularly white men) are encouraged to submerge their needs and voices beneath their unearned privilege. Certainly, there’s a time for listening, but what kinds of anxieties and pathologies develop like scar tissue around guilty silence? What does the Church offer in the way of liberation or imprisonment for men struggling to discover a live-giving sense of identity?
Sometimes it’s a seller’s market, and then other times it’s a buyer’s market. And in all times there’s an urge to purchase property, to invest in a plot of land for both practical and symbolic reasons. What’s good and not-so-good about ownership?