Absurdity is one of the most human things about us: a manifestation of our most advanced and interesting characteristics. ~ Thomas Nagel
"Teach me to be silly," I asked my daughters. "It looks like fun!"
So we spent an afternoon fine-tuning farting sounds, making up scatology words and jumping around like senseless gorillas. Noise, mess and laughter. These are the ingredients of silliness.
Despite giving it my best shot I realised that the fun I was having was not an immediate affect of the silliness but from observing the joy my children were getting out of this. My daughters, on the other hand, were approaching silliness for its own sake, obtaining first-hand fun from the absurd.
When I explained the difference between their unfiltered frivolity and my more adulterated amusement, they could not understand. They think silliness is just as much enjoyable even when there is nobody to share the stupidity with. For them, the very act is intriguing.
"Is it that much fun being serious?" they asked.
"It's neither fun nor wise," I said. "I don't think we should put seriousness over silliness every time."
But I know that someday they might...I do.
Oh, how I wish I were a nitwit - but by not being one - perhaps I am!