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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Laughing At The Boogie-Man :
from : Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003

Don't underestimate the power of laughter as a weapon against all things scary. Holloween is coming up. If you think about it, Halloween's main function may be as a testament to how we defeat fear with laughter.
Who hasn't had a bout with being afraid of the dark, or the boogie-man as a child? I remember, being about five or six and having to turn the light out and make a mad dash for the safety of my bed (a full six feet away), and the covers I threw over my head. Somewhere along the line I got over that fear. I guess to prove to myself that I did get over it ,to this day I chuckle when I think of how sure I was that "something" was going to get me somewhere between the light switch and the six feet to my bed.
Isn't that what we do with Halloween? To prove that the boogie-man
(boogie-person?) never was real we all have one grand old laugh-fest at Halloween.
Now, think about the new age boogie-man, that would be the world we live in. In the old days people used to sit around the campfire and tell scary stories at night. Today we have the news media, and the political world all trying to outdo each other every night with scary stories.
Ever heard the old saying, "Nothing new under the sun"? It turns out that the press and the political world have been trying to tell us scary stories since day one of the civilized world. The difference seems to be that in the past they used a healthy dose of humor to keep the scary stories from taking over.
The following quotes tell part of the story:

From Thomas Jefferson:
* Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
* The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper
* The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

From Ben Hecht (author/philosopher 1893-1964):
* Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell time by watching the second hand of a clock.

From G.K. Chesterson (poet/journalist 1874-1936):
* Journalism largely consists of saying, "Lord Jones is dead" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.

From Richard Nixon (former president of the United States):
* I am not a crook.

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