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If I Didn't Laugh I Would Cry

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By Friday, 27 March 2020 07:09 AM Current | Bio | Archive

This virus has taken over our lives. Not just our lives, but the lives of nearly everyone in the world. If you have a computer or smart-phone, certainly if you have a television, your life has been consumed by the coronavirus.

The sheer vastness of the phenomenon has enveloped us all.

The threat and the fear of COVID-19 have put a tight grip on everyone who cares about their own mortality. Everyone, that is, with one obvious exception – young adults.

In this crisis, this pandemic, this unprecedented time, young adults continue to flaunt directives and persist in thinking of themselves as invincible. And they’re wrong. Should they get the virus, it might be mild or they may be asymptomatic, but it does not mean that they cannot transmit the virus to others. And especially to the elderly.

The priorities of young adults are simple. They are threefold. Sex. Food. Electronics. Expand sex to include social interaction, contract food to pizza and chips and think of electronics as a conglomerate of music, video games, YouTube and obligatory classes now presented online. When you are fourteen to twenty-four, an entire life can revolve around this triumvirate.

While everyone is stuck at home in isolation, either self-imposed or mandated, children and adults feel it more than do young adults. And even then, some very positive creative flares are emerging. There are moments of pure genius and sheer pleasure that we are all privy to given the electronic age in which we all live.

There are memes, videos, clips, jokes and some very funny and insightful pieces. They come to us as emails, whatsapp and sms messages. The best humor is based on truth and reality and given this new world, there is plenty of material to work with.

The material is so ubiquitous that you don’t have to search for it. The material comes to you.

People I never thought had a sense of humor, now send me emails that are actually very funny. In truth, we’ve gotten carried away with forwarding and re-forwarding and re-re-forwarding material. Under different circumstances I would say that some people have too much time on their hands, but right now, that’s what we all have – lots of time on our very well washed and scrubbed hands.

One the most profound pieces I received is of a mother and father asking their 6 year old son why he thinks school has been cancelled. His response, "Yes, because there’s no toilet paper." Another very funny cartoon is a wife telling her husband that she’s having difficulty breathing. His response," Honey, as I always tell you, if it’s too difficult for you, don’t do it."

Musical parodies have also been very popular. A frustrated performance student sent out a spoof on Broadway musicals including a spoof on "Oklahoma" that starts out with a powerful "O-o-o-o-o-o-c-o-r-o-n-a!"

Google it, it will make you smile.

A delightful couple from Pittsburgh has sent out a wonderful parody of Simon and Garfunkel’s song "Homeward Bound."

In this time of crisis people share things they enjoy because they want to make other people smile. Sometimes, you’ll even find yourself laughing out loud.

Before COVID-19, every day I would receive dozens upon dozens of links from friends calling my attention to news items that they thought would interest me. Today, those same people are sending me humor pieces.

Another genre of messages taking over my e-mailbox is spiritual and religious advice. We might be required to put physical distance between ourselves and our neighbors, but spiritually and religiously people are, virtually, coming together.

Surreal. Unimaginable. Catastrophic. Unprecedented. Life-altering. None of it really describes the lives that we, the world, are living in today. One day, hopefully, one day soon, we will read about The Pandemic of 2020 in scientific journals and history books. For now, the words attributed to Abraham Lincoln, "I laugh because I cannot cry," have taken on new meaning.

If I didn't laugh I would cry. 

Micah Halpern is a political and foreign affairs commentator. He founded "The Micah Report" and hosts "Thinking Out Loud with Micah Halpern" a weekly TV program and "My Chopp" a daily radio spot. A dynamic speaker, he specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance and impact. Follow him on Twitter @MicahHalpern. To read more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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