Humour Makes It Tolerable

In January 1986, Canada’s eminent free speech defense lawyer, Douglas Christie (1946-2013), penned a hand-written letter to me, a virtual nobody (still a nobody), and noted: “Today it is a sense of humour which makes my existence tolerable as I can sort of smile at all the snobs and hypocrites as they look down on me.”

I thought about this humor thing the other day. Being a religious person, I wondered what title to give to a blog. Then I struck this verse in the Christian World English Bible (1 Samuel 25):

God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if I leave of all that belongs to him by the morning light so much as one who urinates on a wall.

Or more vulgarly, from the King James Christian Bible (Cambridge Ed.):

So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

And not to be outperformed, this rendition from the Babylonian Talmud, the Judaic holy book:

And I will cut off from Ahab one that pisseth against the wall

I thought: Isn’t this something awesome? At least two religions agree on one thing…pissing against a wall. (I’m not convinced they agree, just too lazy to check into it further.)

Anyway, there you have it. It’s okay to be disrespectful of certain things.  But one has to be careful and not urinate over the line, so to speak, for as Mark Twain tells us, you could be wiped out for doing it against the wall.

[E]verybody was exterminated, kinsfolks, friends, and all, leaving “not one that pisseth against a wall.”

So use the Wall Street JoUrinal to get some relief, comic relief. Don’t be timid. Just do it—against the wall! for there will be many walls in your search for what’s truthful and not garbage.


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