Monson laughing

Christian gentleman and friend of the blog Arakawa is mulling humor in heaven.

Latter-day Saints are supposed to avoid excess laughter or loud laughter, whatever that might mean. Here’s Brother Scott on the subject:

Another principle is to be cautious with humor. Loud, inappropriate laughter will offend the Spirit. A good sense of humor helps revelation; loud laughter does not. A sense of humor is an escape valve for the pressures of life.

So presumably there won’t be “loud laughter” in the celestial reaches. But there will be laughter. We have it on very good authority.

Calvin and Hobbes - absurdity

Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humor?

Calvin: When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny.

Calvin: Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?

Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.

Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.

The absurdities of earth are like a mustard seed compared to the absurdities of heaven. There we will see shifty bumblers and bupkis smalltimers like you and me raised to the eternal throne. How can we help from laughing? We will make heaven ring with our hilarity.

C.S. Lewis says that laughter is the appropriate expression of the joy we have in meeting up with old friends or absent family. In earth, the freshness of the joy fades after the reunion. But in heaven, all such things are always new. For that reason too we would expect to ever be breaking out into gusts of happy laughter.

Yes, there is laughter in heaven.

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