In the Face of Fear: On Laughing All the Way Toward Wisdom

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Wood Lake Publishing Inc., Feb 1, 2019 - Religion - 96 pages

  In today’s click-happy world, humour all too often strikes at the heart of the other. It’s about laughing at another’s expense, guffawing in superiority, and generally casting our eye on other people’s failings. Walter G. Moss reminds us that this social habit is a long way from what humour once was – a method to maintain perspective, and to look at the world in such a way that we can overcome whatever hits us. Life can be funny – not just other people’s lives, but our own lives. Moss says this very ability is a sign of both maturity and of wisdom. When we laugh at ourselves, all the world can laugh with us.

 

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Some Initial Clarifications
The Renaissance
Reflections on Humour from Nietzsche to the Theatre of the Absurd
Kierkegaard Chesterton Niebuhr
Copyright

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  WALTER G. Moss, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of the History and Philosophy department at Eastern Michigan University where he specialized in Russian Studies. Raised as a blue-collar Catholic in Ohio, Walter pursued both religious and philosophical inquiry with vigour, and today he labels himself a “deist-leaning agnostic.” His passion for wisdom regardless of origin catapulted him into becoming a multi-faceted, prolific writer whose work has appeared in both North America and in Russia. He has authored numerous book reviews for The Michigan War Studies Review, and go-to social and political commentaries for George Washington University’s History News Network. As an advisory board member of The Wisdom Page, a highly regarded international online resource, he’s cast light on the wisdom of 20th-century luminaries Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and E. F. Schumacher. His most recent books are his two-volume A History of Russia, and An Age of Progress? Clashing Twentieth-Century Global Forces.

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