One day while having a walk in a big park in morning, I get caught up in heavy rain. I ran and took shelter under a big tree. The rain continued and increased in intensity and, despite being under a huge and fully grownup tree with a large covering I started to feel the splashes of water on my face. While I was thinking of my next move, suddenly a strange thing happened. I heard a shrieking voice calling “Go away, go away”. I looked left, right and towards my back, but found nothing. “Go away, go away,” the voice came again. This time, I looked up and to my astonishment found a parrot uttering the words Go away, go away. For a few seconds being stunned I did not say anything only watched the parrot rolling his eyes then in low voice I asked “Is it you parrot asking me to leave”?.
Can't you see and hear,” the parrot retorted. I felt insulted, but still under the shock I did not show my anger and instead told him that although I knew that parrots could utter few words taught by humans, mostly their masters, not even knowing the sense of the words, but it was for the first time I am hearing a parrot talking. “Nonsense, it is the humans who don't know what they are talking about,” the parrot continued. As I felt that the green little creature was bent upon insulting the mankind, I decided to be bit courageous. “You know that humans are the most powerful species on the earth and we have made tremendous technological advances,” I declared boastfully. “That's all for personal convenience or for killing others of your own species,” parrot's reply made me uneasy and depressing, but I decided to take a diplomatic course. “OK leave it, do you agree that we taught you to speak,” I asked. “No because you don't know our language, you tried to teach some words of your language to make a fun of us and not for charity. It is our learning skills that we were able to learn and as you can see we were able to learn much more than what you wanted,” the parrot gave a long reply and instead of gratitude, his attitude was full of contempt malice and resentment. “It is unfair, we always thought good about you and here you are, lambasting us. Now I know why the famous Indian saying says,” “Turkeys, parrots and hares don't know what gratitude is” and call unfaithful people as parrot's eye. As for your habits, you sometime shriek continuously and bite the very hand which feed you,” I put up a list of grievances. “That's what you think, tell me if we take you away and keep you in jungle as a prisoner feed you and taught you some words we speak, then make a fun of you in front of other parrots and enjoy, would you feel good and say thank you. Have you heard the Mexican proverb “Parrots are green everywhere; the idiot loses wherever he is,” parrot was direct and blunt. As for shrieking and biting, what could a prisoner do in frustration. I decided to change the topic and asked him to tell why he was crying, go away, go away, although I was only standing under the tree to save myself from the heavy rain. “This was due to my children. My wife frightens them by telling them that she will give them to you, humans when they will not listen to her, and when they saw you under the tree, they started shivering with fear,” he replied. I felt devastated by the revelation and told him to remember what we have done for them. “We keep you as a pet, look after you and even love you and here you are, depicting ourselves as some sort of barbarian”. I reminded him that the pet owners some time weep when their pets die and sometime let them go by freeing them. “There are three categories of people who give us freedom parrot declared. The first category is those who are fed up feeding us or by our shrieks and biting, The second category is those who want to show off, they first buy us, keep us for a few days and then in the presence of people releases us to show their love for freedom. The third category is the people who after feeling that they are doing wrong by imprisoning us, decide to give us freedom. Only these are the people we appreciate, but these are very few in number”. parrot concluded. “I am one belonging to the third category, I once had a pet parrot, but let go after a few months, I told the parrot in an exhilarating voice. But, the next day he came back. What would you call it”? ” May be they epitomized the famous Urdu verse: Itnay manoos siyaad say hogai Ub rihae millagi to mar jain gay ( Have become so accustomed to the cage owner that will die if released) As the rain had stopped, I told him that it was time to leave and that it was nice to have a frank and fruitful discussion which would help in understanding each other. I also asked the parrot whether it is possible that I come back some time again. “I would check from my wife” the parrot replied. I left the place with a lot of relief and joy because at last, I had found one thing in common between a man and a parrot.
Brief research about origin of humor, satire, definition / elements of humor, i.e. joy, happiness, entertainment, smile a laughter and relief against stress. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Defining humor is considered an elusive exercise by many humorists, but there is no harm in making an attempt to get as close to the goal as possible, or at least to find a way to the destination on the basis of past and present material about humor in the simplest way.
Humor has been part of the behavioral repertoire of man for thousands, possibly a few million years as evident from the available record and data. Seen from whatever angle or side, Greek appears as the place where humor originated in its earliest form. Dramatic comedy is found to exist before the Classical Age. Komoidia, the word from which we get "comedy," the earliest form of humor found existence in Dionysia and short humorous plays called satyr plays used to be composed at Dionysia. These plays were full of noise and satyr (forefather of satire). The first writer of this genre was Aristophanes (c.448 B.C.–c.388 B.C), a late classical comic poet whose plays generally relate to politics and current affairs. One of the earliest historical figures associated with humor and laughter was the Greek philosopher Democritus. Known as the “laughing philosopher,” he not only had a reputation for his mirthful disposition but perhaps also for his tendency to “[laugh] at the stupidity of his fellow citizens” The use of word "humors" for the first time is found in medical science. Although surprising, but understandable and gives it an authentic importance. It was Hippocrates Of Cos ( 450 BCE to 380 BCE.) a Greek physician and a contemporary of Plato , for the first time postulated that four bodily humors or liquids existed in the body corresponding to the four elements existing in matter. These four liquids determined a human's health and psychology. An imbalance among the humors--blood, phlegm, black bile (or tears), and yellow bile (or choler)--resulted in pain and disease, and good health resulted through a balance of the four humors". When imbalance occurred, then the physician might intervene by making a correction to bring the body back into balance. For example, if the individual were too full of phlegm (making her phlegmatic or lethargic), then the phlegm must be countered. Citrus fruit was thought to be a counter-acting agent. Thus, if one felt lethargic, increasing ones citrus intake would re-create balance. For many centuries the theory of the bodily humors was held as the basis of medicine. Medical theory held an imbalance among the humors could cause both physical ailments and mental disorders in the victim. After Hippocrates, Galen(AD 129 - 199/217) Greek Physician considered second only to Hippocrates of Cos in his importance to the development of medicine introduced a new aspect that of four basic temperaments reflecting the humors: the sanguine (buoyant type); the phlegmatic, (sluggish type); the choleric, (angry and quick-tempered type); and the melancholic (depressed type). Like Hippocrates theory the balance among humors was found necessary for healthy life. In present times humor has been depicted as: - The quality that makes something laughable or amusing; funniness. - That, which is intended to induce laughter or amusement: - The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd. - That, which puts people at ease. Builds rapport and reduces tension. - That, which provides a form of entertainment and a form of human communication. On the face of it, humor considered as something funny , inducing laughter or out of ordinary or routine which tends to make people enjoy its content. Although humor as taken now is supposed to represent only one side, i.e. the so- called lighter side, the origin of the word humor clearly stipulates that humor represented a balance in a person's physical and mental being. There is no doubt that at present also humor has been started to be looked upon as something very serious, which is essential for a healthy personality and whose absence can create serious imbalance. Thus, while Hippocrate gave the theory of four bodily humors or liquids existing in the body, Galen of four basic temperaments reflecting the humors, according to both all four elements were to be present in the required quantity for a healthy body and mind. The modern fast and complicated life patterns have resulted in enhancement of sanguine , choleric and melancholic and dilution of phlegmatic parts of humors. In the present context we see the abundance of stress in the form of pressures, worries, anxieties, frustrations, and problems and there is a need to balance their negative outcome. The concept of new Humor should be seen in this background. We know that humor acts as a parachute to take us away from our stressful lives to the safety of tranquility. So while the earlier humors was the combination of four factors in the required quantity to make a balance required for a healthy body and mind, the modern fast- paced life has made it necessary to make a balance by introducing the modern humor taking the place of phlegmatic, which could not be tolerated. The Pattern Recognition Theory of Humour by Alastair Clarke which declares Humor "To Be Fundamental To Our Success As A Species" has also put a stamp on the value of humor as a great quality. The humor thus may be depicted as: The quality that brings a balance to the physical and mental health of people by diluting the stressful effects of the life through release of tension by making them see the world from a comical angle. Sense of humor may be depicted as: The seventh sense, which visualizes or understands the situations, things and people based on non-established, incongruous and funny ideas causing satisfaction, joy and relief from harsh realities of life and provide life-balance.
There are two not very well-known theories about the relationship between HUMANS and HUMOUR or HUMOR. These theories seem to have been expounded by British and American English speaking communities. Although having some similarities, these theories reach different conclusions.
According to the first theory as postulated by British English speaking people the word" humour" is derived from the word" human" and HUM denotes human. As humour, to all intents and purposes is an exclusive human domain so far, (research may prove otherwise and one day we may associate Giraffe with humor of highest order), it must relate to humans. There is some weight in the argument. Another argument providing support to the theory is the fact that human and humor share common beginning in the form of words h, u and m. Yet, another argument concerns the composition of the word HUMOUR . According to them after dissection of the word equally in two portions it will appear as HUM & OUR, interpreting that HUM, i.e. humans say that it (humour) is ours, i.e. it has come from them. The second theory that finds support among the American English speaking people who differ in the spelling of the word humour, (as also in real humour) and take it as humor, present an entirely different argument. According to them, the dissection of the word in equal is not possible with humor, but even if the word is dissected on the basis of the first three words and two remaining words it will appear as HUM & OR and argue that OR represents the word “origin” and while agreeing that HUM represents human, they stipulate that the real interpretation of HUMOR is that the origin of human is humor . It is very difficult to say how God will respond to this theory and one has to wait more for that. Whatever the merits and demerits of the two theories just like the “ Egg and Hen” theory we shall have to wait, but one is justified in assuming that human and humour/ humor has a parent child relationship, but it is still to be decided who is the parent and who is the child? Disclaimmer: All those who try to find the basis/ truth of the above theories will do that at his own risk of failure without in any way making judgement on the genuineness of the article's contents and the efforts going into it.