Reading the Brendan Behan play Richard Cork’s Leg in the van today. If I were to tell you a play featuring two prostitutes and two beggers pretending to be blind, among others, all taking place in a graveyard, was funny, you might not believe me, but it is. One of my favorite George Carlin specials is Life is Worth Losing, where his stage set is a graveyard as well.
There is that old saying that tragedy plus time equals comedy. I think it is perspective too. A war viewed from on high, where two armies butcher each other over nothing more than a disagreement in religious beliefs, is so absurd I can’t help but imagine some supernatural beings having a laugh in the clouds. What would one think if they watched the battle of Gettysburg from far away, watching an army walk directly into cannon fire, largely over some misinformed ideas concerning the inferiority of certain people because they looked slightly different? We do strange and horrible things down here. If someone is watching from above, we surely have provided them with a lot of folly over the years.