Empty Laughter

“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.” Langston Hughes

Life isn’t fair. It is chaotic and probabilistic, which means that there is an uneven distribution of everything from money to intelligence and looks. It is also in constant flux, with the only certainty being uncertainty. This is natural.

Sometimes you can do everything wrong and get lucky and be rewarded short term, be it the salesperson that cuts corners or the person that lies in a relationship. Eventually they will get what they deserve.

But sometimes we don’t get what we deserve. The good man might never get the girl, the athlete catches a bad break. The struggling mom might not get the promotion she deserves, or the good teen randomly gets cancer. The world is neither evil nor just, it just is. And we need to accept that. And the less just it is, the more resilience we need to exhibit to survive. Laughing at the absurdity of it all is the way to get through all this, because none of us are getting out of here alive.