I heard the funniest comedian on the radio recently… Of course, his name escapes me, but I literally found myself laughing out loud while driving alone in broad daylight.
The skit went something like this…
[East coast male voice…]
“Do you ever wonder what life would be like without the institute of marriage? I mean, let’s face it, it’s big business. In a world where more than 50% of marriages end in divorce, is there another way? And, I have to ask myself where it all started.
If there was no marriage, here’s what an innovator might do:
[Remember while you read that it’s a male comedian w/ east coast accent the whole time… he’s telling what the conversation might be like]
MAN: Hey, we’ve been hanging out a lot and I like it.
WOMAN: Yeah, me too.
MAN: So, I think I wanna go out on a limb and ask you if we can do this thing for the rest of our lives. You know, until we die.
MAN: Come here. Put this on.
MAN: Because I want you to wear a long white sheet that costs as much as a used car.
WOMAN: Who’s that?
MAN: It’s a priest.
WOMAN: Why is he here?
MAN: He’s gonna witness this agreement you are making… that you agree to stay with me until we’re dead. Here, take this.
WOMAN: What is it?
MAN: It’s a gold ring. I want you to wear it so that everyone who sees it will know that you made a binding agreement and will stick with me until you die.
WOMAN: Why are we doing this?
MAN: It’s good for our taxes.
WOMAN: Okay? So, what’s that?
MAN: It’s a cake. With plastic dolls… that look like us… Wanna taste it?
Anyway, the skit went on for a while longer. What I enjoyed most was how this comedian challenged his audience to consider, if even for a moment, some of the traditions that our culture blindly participates in. So much of our everyday life is simply out of habit… What would life be like if we weren’t on auto pilot checking things off our proverbial to-do lists?
While I’m on the topic…The Book of Mormon came to Denver last month and I had the awesome pleasure of attending one of the sold-out shows. On the surface, the message is an over-the-top judgement on the Mormon faith. However, if you look past the foul language and 2 foot foam phallic symbols (not to mention a Mormon elder doing unconventional things to Hitler during his visit to hell…) Anyway, if you look past all the pomp and circumstance, what you have is the story of humanity…
We are all trying to make sense out of this thing called life. Danger seems to lurk in the places where we stop asking questions…
Side Note: Just to clarify… I fully embrace marriage – after 21 years toting around the ball and chain, I feel entitled to enjoy a good chuckle at the expense of an age-old tradition…
So, Thanksgiving is this week. For many generations now, our people have celebrated by gorging on turkey, potatoes, corn casserole, rolls and pumpkin pie (of course, somewhere in the 60’s green bean casserole worked its way on to our dining room tables).
I’m feeling all mushy and thankful inside.
Pass the yams, please!
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