In the pantheon of behavior, there is one thing that primates in general, but humans in particular, like doing…
Yes, apes do it, chimps do it, even dogs and pussy cats do it.
But no one does it better than a human.
So, given that we are so darn funny, why don’t our gods make more jokes?
You might argue that being a god is serious business and they don’t have time for such nonsense. But I’d argue that it’s exactly WHY a god should be funny, to help relax from all that seriousness.
There are cultural considerations. I came across two examples on the interweb where famous people tried telling English jokes to the Dalai Lama… and failed. The punch line of ordering a pizza as “one with everything” means nothing when it’s translated. Ordering food in Xining is probably a very different set of words from seeking unity between mind, body, and universe.
The greatest obstacle by far is going to be a combination of intellect and perspective. Gods are supposed to be way ahead of us humans. Perhaps even super-human. This goes beyond culture, because it’s intrinsic to the nature of the beast. They don’t think on the same level.
That’s why so much of our highest humor is rather incomprehensible to a great ape. In all fairness, they’d probably understand the Three Stooges.
Consider the art that is George Carlin, or Will Rogers, and Mark Twain. In many cases insightful, thought provoking, timeless, and funny. Carlin elevated his into high art.
Now that I write this, I realize that many people today don’t comprehend this level of humor either. Perhaps that says more about modern society than we realize.
At any rate, our gods would be operating at a much higher level. Chances are that if they told a joke us normal mortals wouldn’t even get it. In fact, I’m willing to bet that jokes abound in god-world. Things like mosquitoes, or walking on water, or letting yourself be shown with a big round belly when you were as thin as a stick your entire life.
The point is that if we start looking, perhaps we can find humor in our gods where we least expect. Who knows? Maybe we’ll learn something along the way.
Pray we do. Laughter is good for the soul.