July 23, 2010

Patriarch Kirill: "Life Becomes Dangerous Without a Sense of Humor"

Life Becomes Dangerous Without a Sense of Humor - Patriarch Kirill at Meeting With Odessits

Most bad people are deprived of a sense of humor

July 23, 2010

Odessa (Ukraine) - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes sense of humor is a useful quality.

"Life becomes dangerous without humor," Patriarch Kirill said on Thursday at his meeting with public figures in the Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre answering the questions of the participants.

Residents of Odessa hailed his words with a storm of applause.

The Patriarch believes that "most bad people are deprived of a sense of humor." According to him, humor "levels up human conflicts, takes the heat out of the situation," and get people into a good mood.

Patriarch Kirill also noted that the quality of humor always depends on person's culture, and his ability to avoid vulgarity in his jokes.

"It's very important for humor to be light, indeed leveling up human conflicts and just forming an optimistic attitude to the world around," the Primate believes.

He confessed that he had liked to read Anton Chekhov since childhood and it was the only author the future Patriarch had read from "cover to cover."

Sense of humor refined by Chekhov helped the Russian Church Primate in his school years as it helped the young believer to take oppression of atheist teachers easy.

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