As Blake said the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God, and humour without any doubt means indignation towards the follies of the world, sarcastic indignation against human vanity, his authority and his stupidity. We can also consider Humor as a form of revenge through which we can get even of the abuses supported without breaking the law. Humor, which is one of the highest activity of the human brain, as Freud said, is thus a means that helps us to live better and to endure our distressing reality.
As a matter of fact, it is a good therapy and a way of teaching us something through a lively approach. In ancient medical theory there were four principal “humours” in the human body (phlegm, blood, choler and black bile) and the bad balance of these elements caused illness, while an exact balance made a compound called “good humour”! In modern times, however the concept of humor has enlarged enormously and nowadays we talk about humor in literature as well as in everyday life to indicate not only a genre of writing but also a particular mood or character to face our existence and overcome the different anxieties of its burdens!
Humor is the feeling of the contrary, while the comic is the observation of it, said Pirandello in his essay on Humor, but nowadays we can consider humor as an hypernymic word that incorporates other styles and ways of oral and written expression such as comedy, satire or parody, and that makes use of all the linguistic and rhetorical devices of our tradition, such as irony, sarcasm, metaphors, puns and other tropes or schemes. In any case we associate humor with what makes us laugh or that evokes mirth, pleasure or strong as well as soft criticism towards the vices of the human kind.
Someone point out that humor is a nihilistic approach to life and that it tend to destroy and reject all established codes of values and morality, but this way to destroy is nothing but a way to create a new and healthier human behaviour, as Bacon or Eliot tought us! Of course we have to understand the different ways of fantastical writing and thus we have also to come to terms with jokes production and nonsensical literature, but in the long run all this will help us to better appreciate the ineffectual, ridiculous, even comical, meaning of our existence and so at last we will learn to understand better also its final essence!
Some time ago Carl William Brown, that is yours truly or the writer of this short introduction if you prefer, completed his thesis on George Mikes and the Humor Phenomenology in the World of Literary and Philosophical Production, a huge and vast job of intellectual research through thousand of books and essays and that brought our author to read, amongst other things, obviously all the books written by George Mikes, to whom first of all go my affectionate regards! This work constitutes the most detailed dissertation about George Mikes’s entire literary production and has also given a lot of ideas for Carl William Brown literary production itself as well as for the making of this humorous website, which is to consider as my highest tribute and homage to my teacher George Mikes.
We must add that the vast dissertation, for accademical reasons, has been written half in italian and half in english so the Publishing Editor who would be interested in it should do some light works of translation before having the pleasure to put on the market what is on of the best research on humor and on Mikes’ production in the world up to our days! But this is a pure digression! Anyway what is done is done and since we believe strongly in it, as J. Barrie put it, this must also be considered our religion, and not only another digression! What’s more this is also a study that teaches the ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd in our life and so it helps to avoid some kind of bad accidents or to draw from Greek culture, some kind of Katastrophes!
A great author as Pirandello had also discovered that humor is born from the feeling of the contrary and writers like Mark Twain or J. Swift knew only too well that humor is born from pain and distress and that’s why it constitutes, as Freud put it, one of the most extraordinary psychic methodology to endure the painful events of our lifes. therefore in these lines you can also find the real goal of this website!
We immediately underline however that for us true humor is always “black” and so in this sense it approaches necesseraly the fiercest satire and the strongest jokes! We can also add that our humor is born from our deep, surrealist, nihilist and postmodernist nature and that the way to follow to fully appreciate our literary efforts is to live apart your “superego” moral controls in order to see some true and unfamiliar aspects of life, perhaps less conventional, but just for this reason more true!
To end this small introduction I want only to add some George Mikes’ remarks about humor and his surroundings, with the precise goal to pay my gratitude to this author who has made me discover the real value of a humorous lively disposition towards life and all its adversities! To really conclude this prologue I just want to point out that Carl William Brown in the meanwhile has become a full time writer and has produced something as 10,000 aphorisms and numerous essays about humor, power, literature, authority, stupidity, religion, politics, economics and psychology; not to talk of his jobs on the web, where he has created The Daimon Club Organisation which runs several websites and has had in two years more than 150,000 pages visited, even if it is not yet transalted in English! Now I have really concluded! For the time being, of course! See you soon then, and enjoy yourselves with my humorous creations and collections! Bye, Bye!
George Mikes was an Hungarian gentlemen who went to London for a fortnight on the eve of the second world war, as a journalist, and remained there for the rest of his life. The Hungarian subsequently referred to him as ” the chap who became an English writer “, where as the English have always known him as “the Hungarian”. This dual, or binary identity, led him to write a book entitled How to be an Alien which is an irrelevant study of English idiosyncracies. The book has been a great success, especially with the English themselves and so George during his life wrote also another 36 books, just to make a living and just to amuse and enjoy ourselves!
Who in this kind of merry fooling am nothing to you: so you may continue and laugh at nothing still. So said Prospero in the Tempest by W. Shakespeare and that’s why you perhaps are saying, a bit of light at last! But the sense of humor is a difficult question to treat, it is the feeling of contrary and opposing things, it is a sorrowful feeling born from life which must teach to die well in good health and merry laughing ! That’s why we must get used to death in life and life in death, in fact only doing like that we will be able to gain our everlasting eternity! Religion permitting ! Dont’ you think so!
And to confirm a very surrealistic mind, just listen to this amusing little poem of mine: ” Mr. Cook, Mr. James Cook, we suppose! Would you like to be cooked ? said the greedy cannibals of the Hawaii just before cooking the curious and tasty explorer, the famous and tender Captain Cook! Carl William Brown and the Daimon Club!
and now a nice joke:
” Smith meets his old friend Brown and tells him he has decided to get married:
” Who is the girl ?”
” Jane Huggins of Camberley ”
” Are you mad ? ” asks Brown astonished.
” Do you know her ?”
” I do know of her. And so does everybody else in the district. She has been in bed with half of Camberley.” Six months later they meet again and Smith tells his friend that he is married.
” Who is your wife ?”
” Jane Huggins of Camberley.”
” But how could you ?” exclaims Brown.
“Didn’t I tell you that every other man at Camberley had been in bed with her ?”
” Yes ” says Smith, ” but afterwards I went to Camberley and – well, it’s quite a small place.”
and don’t forget humor wisdom:
” But it does follow, that we must treasure our vices and be cautious with our good characteristics because one could not exist without the other. It does follow that judging yourself or others you must not think of separable mental ingredients, but of the mixture only.
Beware of kindness or rather do not trust it implicitly because in a bad mixture it may only cover a weakling and a liar.
Beware of too much sincerity and open heartedness; chatterboxes seem often very sincere.
Beware of promises; they are often given to please you to-day and not to be kept to-morrow.
Beware of fanatics: they are usually frustrated fools who do not even believe in their own doctrines.
Beware of too much chastity; because it is often practised and preached by people who would have liked to sin but could not. Do not turn your back on rude people without knowing a little more about them; they are often truthful and outspoken. Do not reject unkind people, just because they have the courage to say “no”.”