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An emergent property of motion is information.  Likewise, so does humor inescapably emerge from the information that motion yields.  This makes humor simply an unavoidable inevitability of nature.  It can’t be helped.  Nature likes a good joke, and motion’s capacity for innovation can’t help but come up with new ones, though always in finite supply.  So, to nature’s inevitable emergent sense of humor, there is Love and Hate at Sea, A Book About Wall Partners, which is really a book about big wall climbing and the human relationships involved with accomplishing it, or simply a book about humor; it all depends upon just why you climb in the first place, how you look at human relationships, and what you consider to be funny and the circumstances under which humor’s capacity is best tested.  As with all good humor, at the heart of mirth there is always the element of truth.

So, looking deeply into the essence of humor, one cannot help but notice about it a subtle yet universal feature: humor very frequently involves anxiety, anxiety arising from the genuine and real insecurity that being alive and competing in order to remain so can be.  This makes humor very similar to something else – something by the name of adventure.  Adventure, just like humor, also involves the genuine and real insecurity that being alive and competing in order to remain so is – except that for adventure, the risks are much more real than are those for humor (though exceptions clearly exist).

As is often clear to those who have survived nature’s rigors often come to recognize that it appears as though all the best humor nearly always seems to involve the riskiest adventure (again, up to a point, and provided no loss is irrecoverable).  Indeed, the best humor we seem to enjoy frequently involves the recollection of our fiercest adventures, in the relaxed comfort of the most secure settings we can find.  This is an intrinsic property of humor, the more real the risk, the better the quality of the humor – provided one is comfortably removed from it – meaning that the humor of some adventures (like that described in books at chongonation.com) can be gruesome, savage and cruel, to the tastes of some; in particular to those with tender sensibilities, a simplistic idealism, or an unyielding faith in dogma.  But to those whose sensibilities and desires are realistic and pragmatic, such humor can be refreshing, insightful, and enlightening.

So, for now, to see books on “adventurous” humor, go to the web page for adventure or just click here.  There’s much to be learned from adventure’s humor, though whether one sees this adventure as such varies, from one individual perspective to another.  What some call humor, others may regard by a completely different name, altogether.  The measure of humor’s quality is ultimately a consequence of just how truthfully it represents reality.  The measure of humor’s success, however, is always a matter of just how much truth the audience is willing to appreciate.  At chongonation.com, all levels are covered starting with Love and Hate at Sea, A Book About Wall Partners, and in its extreme with adventure stories like Monkey in the Mirror: A Story about Life.


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