Why is Laughter Important?


Comedy is often Reason’s last bastion of defence. Comedy exists in the irrational, the illogical, the ridiculous, the ridiculously unexpected and the ridiculously clever. Using laughter to sound the foghorn warning of irrational dangers is far more effective than writing long discourses detailing their formation; a laugh takes a moment. And in that moment, much is admitted to oneself.

It is essential for Reason to reign, because without it, civilisation collapses into tyranny; when a perfectly rational, indisputable fact can be ignored for a favoured narrative, a defence trial becomes meaningless. If Reason can be circumvented, justice cannot exist: and without justice, democratic rule becomes nothing more than the laughable face of tyranny.

Sam Roffey