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question:  how many taoists does it take to change a light bulb?
answer:  what light bulb?

humour: a quality of amusement that can both beguile and offer light relief from the less than perfect effects of human trauma, actions and predicaments.  its use is dependent not only on the temperament of its users, but also the context of the moment and the understanding of its receiver.  there is no one explanation of its make up but the results can be explosive laughter, light hearted views or even comic productive confusion amongst its givers and recipients. 

taoist humour exists in the everyday beyond its narratives, unexpected explanations, paradoxes and perhaps semantics. whilst it can present as irrational in its precepts it yet offers clarity through thoughts beyond the written word.