Chapter 12: Every Joke Has a Great Reason
While waiting for Ronald Reagan’s press conference to start, one reporter approaches a man standing in the corner of the hall.
“Hey,” he says, “have you heard the latest Ronald Reagan joke?”
The man gives him an icy stare. “Before you tell it,” he says, “I must inform you that I work in the White House as his personal secretary.”
“Thanks for the warning,” says the reporter, “I will tell it very, very, very slowly.”
On an Italian airplane flying over the ocean, the pilot tells the passengers to enjoy the flight and that they can expect to reach their destination in four hours.
Three hours later the captain has another announcement. “Folks,” he says, “I have got-a good-a news and-a bad-a news. First the bad-a news: We are-a lost. Now the good-a news: we are-a making hella-va good-a time!”
I have never come across any joke - and perhaps I have come across many more jokes than any living or dead man.. There is a certain strange turning at the end, but it is not irrational. It is how human beings function, how their minds function.
Every joke has a great reason. It is connected with your unconscious and the society’s torture of humanity. It brings it out in the open - in no other way can it be released - and you can be unburdened. This unburdening, this relief is the very reason of every joke.
Many of us who have been with you for some time are experiencing a deepening of silence, stillness and joy within. With a tremendous gratitude to you also comes a sense of responsibility to existence to preserve this gift of life and consciousness.
To realize your vision of global transformation and the New Man, it seems that meditation, love, commitment and action are all necessary. Sometimes it feels difficult to move into activity while still remaining silent and meditative.
Would you speak to us about wu-wei, action from inaction?
You have brought up in your question many significant points. First you say, “Many of us who have been with you for some time are experiencing a deepening of silence, stillness and joy within. With a tremendous gratitude to you also comes a sense of responsibility to existence to preserve this gift of life and consciousness.”