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Conrad Hyers

Merritt Conrad Hyers (1933–2013) was an American historian of religion and ordained Presbyterian minister. He taught for many years at Gustavus Adolphus College, and wrote multiple books on humor in religion and on Zen Buddhism.

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Humor is not the opposite of seriousness. Humor is the opposite of despair. — © Conrad Hyers
Humor is not the opposite of seriousness. Humor is the opposite of despair.
We live in an ironic society where even play is turned into work. But the highest existence is not work; the highest level of existence is play.
Children have a remarkable talent for not taking the adult world with the kind of respect we are so confident it ought to be given. To the irritation of authority figures of all sorts, children expend considerable energy in "clowning around." They refuse to appreciate the gravity of our monumental concerns, while we forget that if we were to become more like children our concerns might not be so monumental.
What is particularly intriguing, in fact, is that whereas many peoples tend to locate this experience (of the sacred) in certain unusual, if not 'supernatural' moments and circumstances . . . the Oriental focus is upon mystery in the most obvious, ordinary, mundane-the most natural-situations of life.
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