Observant people long ago noted that foolish laughter
resembles drunkenness. NOW, drunkenness leads to misbe-
haviour a conversation with a soak gives one a headache.
Anyone who constantly indulges in senseless merriment
ignores his conscience, neglects his affairs and commits
unforgivable blunders, for which he can expect to be pun
ished, if not in this world, then in the next.
Не who is inclined to meditation is always prudent
and reasonable in his actions in this world and in the face
of death. Prudence in thought and deed is the keystone of
well-being. But does this mean that we should always be
downcast? Should our souls know only melancholy, no Joy
and mirth? Not at all. I am not saying that we should be
sorrowful without cause, but that we should stop and think
about our heedless, carefree ways and repent, forsaking
them for some useful occupation. It is not senseless mer-
ment that heals the soul, but beneficial and rational work.
Only the weak in spirit will withdraw into themselves,
abandon themselves to biter thoughts, without finding the
If you laugh at the stupidities of a fool, do so not
rejoicing in his foolishness, but with a feeling of righteous
anger. Such laughter should not be indulged in too often,
for it is bitter
When you see someone who leads a good life, whose
kind deeds are worthy of emulation, laugh with a glad
heart, with sincere joy. A good example teaches humility
and restraint, keeping one from wrong doing and drunken-
Not all laughter deserves approbation. There is also a
kind of laughter that does not come from the heart, that
God -given vessel, but bursts out in hollow peals just for
the sake of forced jollity.
Man comes crying into this world and departs it in
sorrow. Between these two events, without fully compre
hending the value and uniqueness of the life bestowed
upon him, he will burn it up thoughtlessly, squander it in
petty quarrels and miserable wrangles, and never know
true happiness. He will pause to think only when the sands
of life are running out. Only then will he realise that no
treasure on earth can prolong his life even for a single day.
To live by lies, deceit and begging is the lot of good
for-nothing rogues. Put your faith in the Lord, and trust in
your own powers and abilities. Even the hardest earth will
yield good crops to honest and selfless toil.