Spirits And The Sense Of Humor





It is not necessary for the sitters to assume an attitude of

preternatural gravity and solemnity. Instead, they should be natural and

cheerful, though of course not flippant or trifling, or indulging in an

exhibition of the cheap remarks which by so many is mistaken for wit.

The sense of humor, however, need not be thrown aside or discarded, for

as all investigators know many of the spirit visitors have a very highly

developed sense of humor, and sometimes even go so far as to seemingly

endeavor to shock some of the melancholy, over-serious, "prunes and

prism" type of sitters. As a writer well says: "Spirits are human still,

and a good, breezy laugh, a hearty, joyous, kindly sympathetic

disposition, goes a long way to open the avenues by which they can

approach us." Another has said: "Experience has taught that the

spiritual circle should be presided over by 'a pure heart and a strong

head'--to which qualities might well be added a well-ordered development

of the sense of humor, for the absence of humor often tends to make

philosophy grotesquely ill-proportioned."





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