A trap of dark comedy

I will not find nowadays anyone among my friends, well at least those from my generation, who would not have heard about Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

This group of six, five Englishmen and one American, through decades, has fascinated millions of people, especially young, with their full of absurdity, nonsense and mockery dark comedy.

It wasn’t any different with me, of course.

The first time I saw Monty Python’s Flying Circus I think yet in elementary school. I remember as if was today, I think it was on Mondays at 6 pm, when I often watched the series, lying in a large room on the couch while waiting for my parents to come back from work, and laughing at the skits like “the funniest joke in the world” or “the mouse problem”.

I remember how later in high school, almost every day, with my colleagues, we were trying to re-enact whole scenes from the “Holy Grail” or “Life of Brian”. Very often those of us who did it best had the best success with girls. What is more, the ability to understand this kind of humor determined whether you were in the group of “cooler and better” or not.

From young age I liked arts. Thanks to them, among of course other things, I have been gradually extending throughout years my imagination. I loved drawing, I loved playing guitar, I loved writing poetry. Each of these arts allowed me to somewhat enrich many dimensions of my imagination. It was no different with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and their dark comedy. Apart, of course, the humorous aspect, I was probably more fascinated with this certain possibility of “playing” with logic and words, the possibility of creating some fictitious constructs, and finally some kind of “secret” language understood by few, … in which, at some point, I could fat the end communicate with only a few…

I noticed very quickly that most of the people who said they liked Monty Python actually mainly laughed at those skits that were most popular. They did liked these, let’s call them, more “sophisticated” ones, but those lavatory ones, especially the ones that ridiculed and made fun of religion, especially, of course, Catholicism. A great example here is the infamous skit about the “Spanish Inquisition” or the previously mentioned film “Life of Brian”.

I’m not saying that I did not like these skits myself, quite the contrary, even today they make me laugh, but when growing up, we started to discuss more serious topics, and when I began to say that such constant mocking of important matters is not leading us anywhere, all started to mock me, and consequently, I also was excluded from the group of “cool and better” ones. There was no “official statement”, no “rights to defend myself” were given, it all happened behind my back and with the silent approval of the majority of (yet then) “friends”, who at best, when I tried to ask why, simply avoided the topic saying that I exaggerate or that they… don’t care…

It is the same… today.

If you do not “scroll down” your life everyday on Facebook or Instagram, if you do not laugh at the same vulgar and cynical jokes, if you do not use latest slang words, if you do not wait for the weekend, and above all you do not show everyone around that you don’t care about anything, you do not belong to… the “cool and better” ones.

You can agree or not, but I think that, behind all this, those “cooler and better” ones, simply they hide their bitterness, inability to admit to their weaknesses, sadness, despair, this continuous “escape” into materialism and hedonism, and, above all, the lack of hope and the senselessness of their lives.

They are unable to smile naturally, unable to rejoice or truly laugh, they are afraid to show sadness, grief or tears, which are such an important part of our lives, they do not enjoy and appreciate little things, to not to mention thanking God for each day. Behind those fake smiles and black sunglasses they hide their faces, unable to look with hope, peace and trust into future, into the eyes of their Father, as little children do…

…and as Our Lord Jesus Christ said, to those who will become just like them, belongs Kingdom of Heaven…

A man who appreciates little things doesn’t need much…

The “system”, in fact, the devil, wants you to always be sad, so that you constantly buy something, spend often hard-earned money for new whims, of which, huge majority you don’t really need. He also wants you to use others, truly you will not call these weekend “adventures” …love – will you? Finally, he wants you to immerse into hopelessness, constantly waste God given talents, so that instead of making real efforts (no, I’m not talking here about jogging in your new shoes), you choose the easy way, reaching for things that only give a temporary sense of “happiness”, and which, in fact, only deepen your slavery to… sin.

When I see more than thirty-year-old men who behave like teenagers, who have nothing to say, who do not care about anything, who only collect more toys, I am sorry, “important and necessary devices”, and whose only dreams are cars that they will never have, then I’m not surprised that the world is in such state.

This may be not a perfect example, but while they consider winning some stupid computer game their greatest success, Alexander the Great, for example, at their age conquered the entire known world at that time, bringing Greek civilization to India…

I’m not saying that everyone has to be Alexander the Great, but I hope everyone knows what I mean.

A decade ago that was Monty Python, today there are billions of stupid videos, billions of memes about the same things, hundreds of the same jokes, the same repetitive dumb phrases, every week waiting for the weekend, and all that for one purpose… to forget.

Every week, the same … each year you wait only for holidays, years pass… life…

When was the last time you smiled or laughed seeing some funny but innocent situation?

When was the last time you told a not sarcastic, not ironic and not vulgar joke?

When was the last time you said something other than usual in the elevator at work?

When did you dare to speak up on an important matter when everyone else was silent?

When was the last time you were happy because it was… Tuesday? It is the same day as any other. You can do something “crazy” not only over the weekend…

When was the last time you cared…? When was the last time you fought for something? Helped somebody? What have you managed to change, make a difference in the world?

When was the last time you truly and genuinely smiled back to someone?

Do you really want to be a slave of absurdity, meaninglessness and ridicule?

I was a slave to all this, too… but with God’s help, I managed to get out of this pointless senselessness. Nobody will do it for you, however. You have a free will and you have to make an effort by yourself… just ask God to help you…

Today, when I have children, I thank Him even more…

What joy will a daughter get from home, when her father is cowardly hiding behind cynicism and sarcasm all the time?

What goals in life will a son have, whose father doesn’t fight for anything and constantly is only ridiculing everything?

What warmth can be given to her children by a woman whose mother didn’t radiate with joy?

What kind of marriage it will be with a man who does not care about anything, does not want to change the world?

What man will look at woman who is not even able to genuinely smile back?

It took a lot of strength, determination and courage, to get out of this trap of constant mockery, absurdity and relativity. My soul, heart and mind were poisoned for years. I could not think of anything good, I could not create anything beautiful, I could not look at something good but ordinary, and just enjoy, appreciate or just be happy about it…

Do not run away into these phantasmagorias, start enjoying normality… reality.

Dark humor is most often associated with England. It is said that it is an effect or rather a reaction to that “cheerful” English weather. I think it is not because of the weather…

Almost five centuries ago Henry VIII of England led to a split with the Catholic Church which deprived his subjects of the access to the sacraments.

The consequences of that act continue to this day…

I know what I am talking about. I lived in England for a couple of years and saw it in English people. Unfortunately, even while genuinely desiring true happiness and goodness, they reach from generation to generation for false “cures” unaware that they are trapped in a maze to which the key, their poor king, threw away centuries ago…

I am not picking on England. It is enough to look at what is happening in most, especially west European countries. They have departed from the Catholic faith. The effect of it all is clear. Lets keep that in mind, especially when the last remnants of the only true religion, Catholicism, like Poland are being not only attacked by neo-marksizm but also protestantization.

The Monty Python’s Flying Circus celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

50 years of feeding hundreds of millions of people with nothing but absurdity, sarcasm, mockery and most of all… relativism and nonsense…

I am not saying that humor is bad. Quite contrary, I really like, good, even intelligent humor. Unfortunately nowadays, there is no good humor, but there are billions of people who live without God, that are trapped in this evil labyrinth, but, what is even more terrifying, put their own children into the same trap without even knowing…

If you want to change it, there is no other way but to return to the Catholic Church and start a truly joyful life by regularly going to Confession and receiving Holy Communion.

Praised be Jesus Christ, our only Savior!

21-29.01.2019, Tomasz Stachura

FEATURED IMAGE: Cornelis Massys – Portrait of Henry VIII, Metropolitan Museum of Art

2 Comments

    • Well… first of all keeping faith that comes from my religion, secondly by appreciating small things like my daughter’s smile, thirdly seeing others also trying to keep evil at bay in today’s world. Thanks for commenting by the way. If I may ask, what do You do to keep faith?

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