"I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves." Ludwig Wittgenstein

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gandhi and the Comedian

When asked what he thought about Western Civilization, Gandhi had answered, "I think it would be a good idea."

Richard liked the idea that Gandhi had a sense of humor. He liked it so much that after he read about Gandhi's statement, he decided to become a comedian, himself. This life of chicken ranching and cattle raising--OK so they weren't really "cattle," just a few plain old cows-- had grown pretty stale. In fact, Richard was more than ready to exchange this dusty, smelly, hard-scrabble existence, for a life of excitement, glamor and acclaim that he was confident would accompany his new career in off-Broadway stand-up comedy.

On Thursday, while cleaning out the coops, he spent his lunch hour practicing all his favorite permutations of why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-road jokes, and praying to dear God, that his future audiences—many of whom he had head could be 'tough crowds'--- would be well-acquainted with Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence.

1 comment:

  1. Do tomatoes count as non-violence?