We all know how when man and women
who are truly absorbed in sexual intercourse
and are out of earshot of other human beings
will shout and moan and utter expletives,
and in the heat of passion utter profanities.
God, Christ, Joseph Mary, and Jesus.
The only society I know happens to be Christian,
there people sin, live, and disagree with each other
before the one God, though he is generous enough
to give us more than one name by which he might be abused.
What I want to know is what profanities
are poured forth in the heat of passion
as regular words fail folks, in pagan
atheistic and other non-christian societies
or do they have a different sense of self control?
We all know how physicians
have to take the Hippocratic oath
as part of their professional commitment
to both each other and to their patients.
I wonder how humour might change
if comedians had to take an oath of care
before some board of professional of humour
to uphold the standards of their acts
and there were measurable standards
complete with units of measurement
for how funny their jokes were.
Would it change our mission for humour
and how soon would it be before we saw
the need for a national laughter service?
For over two decades I have lived
in a property that I have rented
from a wealthy private landlord
where the state keep him well
because it also pays my rent.
We rarely see each other
but it seems better that way
-we have so little in common
with each other that there are
no grounds for friendship there.
I have said to friends who rent
that a relationship that works
between landlord and tenant
is of the highest priority
for the longevity of the tenancy.
Repairs to the house might be late,
but for the tenant/landlord relationship
to fall into long term disrepair
within a competitive society
will mean that sooner or later
the tenancy is doomed to end.
Beyond the human realm,
but still with tenant/landlord terms,
if more of us held to the attitude
that we are merely brief tenants
and the Planet Earth is our landlady
then how much more shared
would our sense of tenancy be?
The hardest part with that view
is how terminal and absolute
the end of the tenancy will be........