Why smiling is so important?
There could be a lot of reasons for it. One of them is if you don’t want too many wrinkles as I assume because frowning takes much effort. Didn’t the schoolteachers tell you? Smiling requires 17 facial muscles compared to 43 when you frown. Therefore, people should smile. That sounded perfect, infact, better than perfect because that came from my moral science teacher. We had had that subject for ten years for a different reason, because I happened to study in a catholic school. Science does not explain the existence of God but morals do and so does moral science, which is the study of science of moral explanations. Sounds perfect to me. So it goes.
I do not remember being a very happy child. Smiling required sheer patience and the longing for a genuine reason. I didn’t frown either. I just had an obvious straight face. I just kept thinking that I wasn’t very much interested in what was happening around me, therefore, the straight face, which is another lie to come to think of it now. A constant smile can be a reverse reaction to things that you just want to avoid. It’s an easy way out of everything, obviously if you are an escapist like me.
To frown is to make people think, further getting bombarded with doubts and unavoidable questions and to straight face is to make people repeat their questions and to smile is to make people retreat. It’s an act of tolerance and dramatic peace, like the ones performed by great clowns in their recurring lives. Talking about clowns, here is a joke about the great Pagliacci.
I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor, I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.
Do you still wish to stand in front of me with your mourning face?