Comic’s comic turned nation’s comic, Louis CK is everywhere these days, making audiences laugh and cringe with his tales of moral adventure. Marriage, fatherhood and divorce inform the majority of his matured routine, where every corner of family life exudes irreverence. Consider his moral litmus test: “You can figure out how bad a person you are by how soon after September 11 you masturbated,” he riffs. “For me, it was between the two buildings’ going down.” Yet behind this affront to ascetic virtue lies a comic concerned with today’s moral dilemmas and the roads they carry us down.
What’s the Big Idea?
It is Louis’ willingness to expose the hidden side of humanity—our doubts, fears and moral faults—that give his moral lessons potency. Louis wants to be a good husband, father and citizen precisely because morality presents us with a challenge: To find our better selves for the sake of others. At a poignant moment in his latest show on FX, Louis is confronted by a friend who declares his intention to commit suicide, i.e. to take ‘his own’ life. Louis responds: “It’s not your life. It’s life … Life isn’t something you possess. It’s something you take part in, and you witness.”
Both links/excerpts come from Eric Barker at the reliably stimulating Barking up the Wrong Tree. First, strong relationships.Via The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success […]