Lunch Break: Humor and Reality

“Sense of humor” is a funny thing. We all have one, but they vary so much. What’s more, we seem certain about which types of things are or are not funny. How do we decide that? Beats me. It’s probably a learned/adopted sense.

I’ve noticed my sense of humor has become increasingly ridiculous – I laugh harder at completely stupid, nonsensical things. I also find jokes that are wildly inappropriate and offensive quite funny. Not because I like offending people, nor because I agree with the statements contained in those jokes, but more for the ridiculousness of it.

It’s hard to explain why I laugh at these things, but I think that’s why I laugh at them. Once you can explain why something is funny, I’m kind of bored by it.

Do you guys spend much time considering whether the reality we experience is, in fact, reality? I love thinking about that – it’s fucking mental! So disorienting and a bit terrifying.

My friend posted this link on Facebook yesterday, which explains that we are actually living inside Pitbull’s (you know, Pitbull) personal version of The Matrix. Quite ridiculous, but also a good jump-off for other theories of reality.

Mentioned in the article is Elon Musk’s take that “There’s a one-in-billions chance that this is base reality.” He goes on:

The strongest argument for us being in a simulation is the following: Forty years ago, we had Pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were,” Musk explained at Code Conference. “Forty years later we have photo-realistic, 3-D simulations, with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the game will become indistinguishable from reality.

Pretty dope stuff. I also think it’s a good strategy for approaching life, to a certain extent. If you treat life like a game, there’s less reason for anxiety, fear, timidness, etc. Be you. Do the damn thang. But also, don’t treat other people like CPU players that don’t matter. We don’t really know if that’s the case, so it might be best to assume we’re all on the same team, trying to solve the same puzzle.

What are your thoughts?