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ticket, get him a ticket.”
So I stayed up all that night, watching him enjoying himself
in the ring too.
Well, he and Adam had this quality of commanding attention
by not taking anything seriously. In a curious way, enjoying the
ridiculousness of life.
Now, in your case, Dr. Clark, you have taken these things
seriously. You have jumped in, in a certain sense, even flatfooted,
and you have not necessarily enjoyed the aftermath.
Not particularly. Except that I do see the joke -- I mean,
the comedy of the human experience. And I said to myself, if I
ever founded a religion, it would be around the god of the pactical
joke. I probably wouldn't be anywhere near as successful as Mr.
Moon. Because in order to be a part of my religion, or church, the
young people or middle aged people or older people -- I would not
permit them to come in with the somber faces of Mr. Moon's followers.
They would have to pass first the test of the ability to laugh at
themselves, and laugh at why they were going to join my group
dedicated to understanding that the human predicament, when you
get right down to it, is a joke.
Again, a kind of a footnote question -- the Billy Graham
audience tends to be rather somber, doesn't it?
No, I think they're grand, as a joke.
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