a.k.a. sense of humor, jocosity, levity
Among other things, humor is a stress-reliever, and can cut tension in social situations if one is careful to deploy it sensitively. Not taking yourself too seriously is a part of humility/modesty, and humor can be a part of that.
- coarseness, vulgarity, buffoonishness (vices of excess)
- a cruel sense of humor, making fun of others, mockery
Virtues possibly in tension¶
How to acquire or strengthen it¶
Notes and links¶
- “Heraclitus would shed tears whenever he went out in public; Democritus laughed. One saw the whole as a parade of miseries, the other of follies. And so, we should take a lighter view of things and bear them with an easy spirit, for it is more human to laugh at life than to lament it.” —Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind 15.2