This column has several times been commended for bringing a torch (I meant to write touch, but torch is even better) of humour to our intensely serious magazine. I should however tell you that my smiling response is a front to gritted teeth. I don’t see myself as a joke – I think of this stuff as deadly serious.

But then humour can be pretty serious. The teacher I keep coming back to (as you may have noticed) is Chögyam Trungpa. In his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism he devotes a chapter to Sense of Humor. He says, “Lack of humor seems to come from the attitude of the ‘hard fact’. ...


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