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“Question authority” is a phrase that has been around for centuries. It’s a call to think critically about the people in power and to not blindly follow their orders. But what if authority is actually funny?

Think about it. Authority figures are often portrayed as being stuffy, uptight, and humorless. They’re the ones who give us the rules, tell us what to do, and punish us when we break the rules. They’re the ones who make us wear uniforms, sit still, and raise our hands if we want to speak.

But what if authority figures were actually funny? What if they were the ones who made us laugh, told us jokes, and let us have fun? What if they were the ones who encouraged us to be creative, think outside the box, and question the status quo?

That would be a pretty funny world, wouldn’t it?

The above is my approach to the idiocy currently sweeping the nation these days – laughter instead of vitriol.


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(Mostly) Vegetarian, Politically Progressive, Daily Runner, Spiritual, Helpful, Friendly, Kind, Warm Hearted and Forgiving. Resident of Braintree MA.

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  1. Khati Hendry says:

    Laughter is not only the best medicine, but a powerful political weapon. We make fun of authority figures all the time, so in a funny way they do encourage our creativity even if they aren’t the ones telling the jokes. It helps us carry on.

  2. Indeed Kevin, too much idiocy and vitriol in our nation today, laughter would be far better – send in the clowns!

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    That is a good way to stay same, Kevin.

  4. Betsy Pfau says:

    (Of course, I meant “sane”.)

  5. Dave Ventre says:

    A nation run by comedians would be a vast improvement to one run by fascist or neo-fascist Republicans. As to how a comedian might do in a crisis, look at Ukraine.

    But with our luck, we’d get Dennis Miller….

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    Where are these funny authority figures when we need them the most? Stephen Colbert for President anyone?

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