"We have a physical empathy—a kind of sociality. When someone yawns, I do too. And laughter will follow, releasing socially induced internal pressure.

Laughter is the safety valve of the world. It is a means of disposing of one's ego and abolishing the world of opposition. Laughter rescues the mind; it is a happy invention of human wisdom in the face of the necessity of social life."

From "Zen Training, Methods and Philosophy" by Katsuki Sekida.


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