Maiorum nugae negotia vocantur, puerorum autem talia cum sint, puniuntur a maioribus, et nemo miseratur pueros vel illos vel utrosque.
It is impertinent of people to laugh. There is a gravity to life from which we must not be distracted by trifles, jests, and general levity. As Mr. G. Silverspoon says, laughing is the unmistakable sign of lacking a mind.
It is, however, important always to enjoy the serious and sober minded pleasures, such as reading Asimov, watching important, non amusing, films, and appreciating hauntingly exquisite paintings such as Dali’s early work, which are capable of proving the superiority of our own judgements to those of the sensual. Other restrained, non-trifling, business includes studying the grave and noble art of wealth-getting, getting money, taking stuff from people in a way that they will not notice, or at least in such a way that, should they notice, they still will not be able to recover it, and an exceedingly wide variety of other very diverse disciplines of which, incredibly, this is just the merest smattering (further examples include lending at good competitive rates, managing employees properly to obviate the necessity of paying them, and gently inculcating in those around us an awareness of their moral obligation to give us stuff or do work for us).
The sort of people that do ludicrous things (such as drink, dance, smoke, smile, sing, and even—reader discretion advised—greet each other with a friendliness that can only be described as revolting, and which in our abandoned times occasionally goes so far as to culminate in an actual physical embrace) have introduced an imbalance into our society which must be forcefully corrected. The more this sort of thing is allowed, the more difficult it is for true Traditional Catholic Morality which consists of the Traditional Three Commandments to take root in our society and transform people into the image of God the Wealthy. These Three Commandments, as the reader is doubtless already aware, are:
- Thou shalt be rich.
- Thou shalt love the Lord, Queen Victoria, with all thy mind, hating children and all mirth.
- Thou shalt believe that all material things which God the Wealthy hath created, save money alone, are made of the substance of evil.
When men turn from their trifling ways, and follow God’s commands, the world will be a better, richer, place, and all men will attain true happiness by living in accord with their best advantage, as descibed in Lencioni’s The Advantage.