“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” – Mark Twain

He was one of my fathers, along with John Steinbeck, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Auguste Rodin who taught me atheism, science, creativity and rationality while I was a self raised street orphan cringing in the sanctuary of safety in the library.  Later, when I was in trouble it was Albert Ellis with his philosophy and psychotherapy who reached out from his writings. Recently an anxious and hostile 12 step guy at the gym was telling me evidence based psychology didn’t work, based on the evidence of my 30 year cure and recovery from anxiety and depression with its corresponding distractions of drugs, alcohol and religion. I just had to laugh out loud. He ceased to intrude on me with his testaments. Also, a very conservative couple who failed to have a rational discussion with me about policies, just spewing hate towards liberals, were working out on stationary bikes, grimly pedalling away in unison. It occured that’s how they made love, and these were their orgasm faces. I laughed and laughed….

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