We have become a humourless society. Things that ought to be laughed at are taken far too seriously. Same-sex "marriage" for instance. The correct perspective on an issue as replete in humorous potential as this is, as it is with most things, the Ealing Comedy approach. Imagine what fun Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey would have going through a "gay marriage" ceremony. Or Hattie Jacques and Irene Handl. Imagine Sid James as the celebrant or best man. Instead we treat it as a serious issue with endless pompous rubbish about it on the ABC and elsewhere.
In the opinion of Argus, if a gaggle of queens and lesbians (there won't be all that many if overseas statistics are an indication) want to get "married", so what? It's not marriage quod semper quod ubique etc. but if that's what they think will make them happy, good luck to them. True, it's one more nail in the coffin of civil cohesion but our civilisation's pretty near washed up anyway. Anyone with a sense of the ridiculous might just as well enjoy it all for the laughs. There'll be tears soon enough.
When inevitably the happy couples get "divorced" the whole farce will open up new vistas of prosperity for the army of lawyers and "counsellors" in the "family law" industry already grown fat on the corpses of real marriages, the disintegration of which was so visionarily facilitated by the unlamented government of Whitlam and co. With adopted or surrogate children as props to dress up the illusion that gay "families" are proper families the lawyers and the rest will grow fatter still, as the erstwhile lovebirds snarl and bicker over custody.
In fact, how long before the first child of a same-sex union sues his "parents" for "disadvantaging" his start in life? Twenty years? Argus can hear it now - ridicule in the playground, singled out as "not normal", "two mums/dads" butt of peer-group jokes, inability to relate to one sex or the other, lack of confidence, propagandist upbringing, deprivation of child's natural right to father figure or mother figure for "balanced personal development" and so on and so forth. It is an amusing prospect to look forward to, in a grim sort of way.
21 June 2012
Argus has heard it suggested that we are not, as contended above, a humourless society. Just look, said someone, at all the wonderful comedy festivals that seem to be perpetually on. A humourless society wouldn't have those. Well, pace the platoons of stand-up comedians and the plethora of administrators who cash in on the enforced munificence of taxpayers to arrange and promote such events, it is an unfortunate fact that the one thing that is never funny in our otherwise fairly hilarious society is a comedy act at a comedy festival. Never. From Glasgow to Adelaide, from Seattle to Melbourne, never. Vulgar, meretricious, coarse, pathetic, disgusting, lame: yes, all of those. But funny, never.
21 June 2012