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Thirteenth

Thirteenth

Today is Friday the 13th.  Big deal.  I often wonder why people get caught up in superstitions.    Today is no different than any other day when it comes to luck.

Elizabethe and I went and saw Passengers.  What a great movie.  The premise is a space ship loaded with 5,000 passengers and 258 crew members, all in suspended animation, is destined to a new world.  When they arrive they will be woken and they will colonize the new world.  However, something goes wrong when a passenger awakes about 80 years early.  (Hmm…. I wonder if he woke on Friday the 13th???)

It has some great twist and turns.  You’ll also laugh a lot.  There is some funny stuff in the movie.

Gift Certificate

We had a gift certificate for concessions at the movie theatre that expires next week.  It’s pretty crazy how much they charge for  popcorn and a soda.  When you pay $9 a ticket to see a movie, you’d think a soda wouldn’t cost $7, but it does.  It is absolutely crazy.  Thus, our $15 gift certificate didn’t go very far.

Warm to Cold

Yesterday it was warm for January.  It reached the high 50s.  (When I checked it was 58F.)  Today, it is down to 34F currently.  The temperatures are supposed to drop the next couple of days, and then rise again.

No More Dish

We canceled Dish Network.  Like many such services, their rates kept going up.  Instead, we’re giving Hulu a test drive.  The big thing I don’t like about Hulu is you can’t see the episode numbers on TV series, and they are in reverse order (newest first).  While that makes sense in some cases, it is a pain in other cases.  But, we’ll see if it is a viable replacement for Dish Network.

 

Humor

Humor

Mowing the lawn gives me time to think.  Mowing doesn’t use a lot of intellect, so my brain runs at warp-speed as I mow.  My brain wandered towards the latest issue of New York Magazine.  It was about TV humor.

The magazine praised today’s television claiming it is so funny.  My reaction to reading this was, “What drugs are they taking?”

Television is anything but funny any more.  About the only TV show that isn’t vulgar is Last Man Standing.  I’ve attempted to watch others, but at first reference to male or female genitalia, I change the channel.   Vulgarity isn’t funny.  It was funny when I was 13, but I out grew that.  And, when I was 13 it wasn’t allowed on TV.  TV played to a higher class of people.

Low Class

Driving the mower back and forth, I questioned how we became such a low class society.  When I went to get gasoline for the mower, there was a young, scruffy looking guy who made his girl friend get out of the car and pump the gas because his favorite song was on the radio.  She had no idea how to use the debit card or the pump and he wasn’t offering any assistance.  Yet, this real-life scenario is the type of low-class stuff you see on TV labeled as comedyhumor.

It was about then that it hit me.

Treating Things Lightly

Treating things lightly is something the Lord has warned us about.  In D&C 84:54 he says,

“And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—”

I haven’t thought of this scripture in this way prior to today, so here is another…

“Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings.”  D&C 88:121

While that sounds pretty serious, pious, and almost self-righteous, I share one more scripture before I give you my theory.

“Remember the great and last promise which I have made unto you; cast away your idle thoughts and your excess of laughter far from you.”  D&C 88:69

I don’t think God wants us to be stone-cold-sober (as in serious) all of the time.  I think what he is warning against is making fun of sacred things.  That led me to this…

Things have gone downhill because we make light of sacred things, or people of importance.  This leads to disrespect.

Many years ago, I was at a leadership meeting where one of the visiting authorities instructed us to avoid ward activities where the bishop is the brunt of the joke.  One example was asking the bishop to be in a dunking booth.  Another example was “roast” dinners.  It was said that such activities were disrespectful to the calling.

My thoughts today turned to things we should not make light of:  Deity, church leaders, political leaders, law enforcement officers, parents, husbands, wives, children, the family… just to name a few.

Modern Examples

Modern examples of this are found in crass humor that makes light of intimacy and body parts.  Jokes about the president and those running for office says we are making light of a bad situation.  Making light of a bad situation only makes it worse.

There’s a Broadway Musical (supposedly a comedy) that pokes fun of the Book of Mormon and Mormons.  I wonder how much of an impact for good the musical has verses the book.  Yet, there are those who will attend the musical thinking it was so funny while missing out on the blessings that can come from reading the book.  I will venture to say some of them won’t read the book because the were humorously entertained by the play and therefore take the book lightly. (D&C 84:54)

I look at the election of 2008.  Mitt Romney chose a very good running mate.  In fact, shortly before choosing Sarah Palin, one of the leading women’s magazines did a write up on what a powerful woman she was for taking on corruption in Alaska, hunting big game with the boys, and flying planes.  Yet, a popular TV show comedian began portraying her as ditzy.  It was the furthest thing from the truth, but people were entertained by Tina Fey’s portrayal and she went from being a role model of a powerful woman to the brunt of all jokes.

Obama isn’t immune from it.  He too has been imitated and made light of.  While politically I don’t agree with much of what our president does, making fun of the man doesn’t help.  To make matters worse, he plays along in an embarrassing way by making fun of Christmas (2013 Correspondents’ Dinner), racial jokes (again, same dinner) that are acceptable because he’s a black man making fun of white people, to name a couple.  Where is the dignity in this?

Missing

I miss the days where humor was cerebral.  “Who’s on First”, was a wonderful play on words that didn’t make light of others or sacred things.   Red Skelton was a master of comedy too, as well as Bob Newhart and  Steve Allen.

New York Magazine is Wrong

New York Magazine is wrong (in the moral sense, not the opinion sense).  TV is not at its funniest.  It’s at is most vulgar disgusting era.  Louis C.K. isn’t funny, he’s vulgar.  The humor you are promoting is offensive.

Okay to Laugh

It’s okay to laugh.  True humor doesn’t make fun of anyone or anything sacred.  Let’s just be careful what we choose to laugh about.

It Isn’t Funny

Vulgarity isn’t funny.  Perhaps to the pre-pubescent teenage boy it might be, but as adults, do we really want to laugh at vulgarity?

I, for one, enjoy a great laugh.  I grew up laughing so hard that it hurt as I would watch Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Steve Allen, and others like that.  There wasn’t anything vulgar about their routines, they were just purely funny.  Steve Allen could take the lyrics of a popular song, and by simply reading them, he could have you falling off your seat you’d be laughing so hard.  Red Skelton was known for making his co-hosts break character because they couldn’t hold back the laughs.

Someone posed a link on Facebook stating, “This is funny.”  About 3 seconds in to it, I was saying, “This isn’t funny… it’s vulgar.”

If you were around in the mid-70s, imagine going back in time…

You’re sitting watching a movie, and in the movie, they are watching TV.  During the show they are watching a commercial comes on for (you can fill in the blank).  Chances are you would think, “Nah, things won’t be THAT bad in the 2010s.”

There were words 10 years ago, that if said during prime time TV, would have got the station fined.  (Although I’m a proponent of the 1st Amendment, I would rather not hear certain words.  They add NOTHING to the plot or story being told.  And, people who use them in real life, as frequently as some characters on TV shows, show their lack of command of the English language.)

A certain pop star recently displayed some very vulgar gyrations on stage for some music awards.    There’s been both positive and negative backlash as a result.  Personally, I find nothing positive about the “twerking”, as it is called.

Why do we put up with it?  Do we think it is funny or entertaining?

It isn’t funny, and it is far from entertaining.

Personally, I think one of the tests of life is to overcome the animalistic behaviors.  People who can be master over impulsive behavior can become masters over anything.  People who cannot becomes slaves to their impulses.  Slaves to impulses become addicted.  It doesn’t matter if it is sex, drugs, video games, or whatever, if let them control us we lose.

So, what does that say about us when we find it entertaining to watch people follow those impulses?

For once, I would like to turn on a TV show and be truly entertained in a funny way.  I would like that humor to play to my intellect, and not common vulgarity.   I don’t want to hear jokes about sexuality.     I want to see characters in shows and movies that have morals and standards.

Call me a prude if you want, but there isn’t a comedian alive today that can hold a candle to the men I previously mentioned.