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Laughter - musketeer_lady
"The first time an angel heard the devil's laughter, he was dumbfounded. This happened at a feast in a crowded room, where the Devil's laughter, which is terribly contagious, spread from one person to another. The angel clearly understood that such laughter was directed against God and the dignity of his works. He knew that he must react swiftly somehow, but felt weak and defenceless. Unable to come up with anything of his own, he aped his adversary. Opening his mouth, he emitted broken, spasmodic sounds in the higher reaches of his vocal range...but giving them an opposite meaning: whereas the devil's laughter denoted the absurdity of things, the angel on the contrary meant to rejoice over how well ordered, wisely conceived, good and meaningful everything here below was.

"Thus the angel and the devil faced each other and, mouths wide open, emitted nearly the same sounds, but each one's noise express the absolute opposite of the other's. And seeing the angel laugh, the devil laughed all the more, all the harder, and all the more blatantly because the laughing angel was infinitely comical.

"Laughable laughter is disastrous. Even so, the angels have gained something from it. They have tricked us with a semantic imposture. Their imitation of laughter and (the devil's) original laughter are both called by the same name. Nowadays we don't even realise that the same external display serves two absolutely opposed internal attitudes. There are two laughters, and we have no word to tell one from the other."

- Milan Kundera, The Book Of Laughter and Forgetting

Moving back to York on saturday. it's my last year at university - yikes!

Current Location: still in the wirral
Current Mood: mellow mellow
Current Music: barclay james harvest

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