Happen to read couple of Rajaneesh's (aka Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh )article and pasting few.
The higher the intelligence, the greater is boredom. The lower intelligence is not bored so much. That's why primitives are happier. You will find people in the primitive societies are happier than those in civilized ones. Bertrand Russell became jealous when for the first time;, he came into contact with some primitive tribes. Higher the level of intelligence and civilization, the greater the boredom.
The more you can think, the more you will be bored; because through thinking you can compare time as past, future and present. Through thinking you can hope.Through thinking you can ask for the meaning of it all.
Man feels bored. And laughter is the antidote. You cannot live without laughter; because you can negate your boredom only through laughter. You cannot find a single joke in primitive societies. They don't have any jokes.
There are three types of laughter.
The first is when you laugh at someone else. This is the meanest, the lowest, the most ordinary and vulgar when you laugh at the expense of somebody else. This is the violent, the aggressive, & the insulting type. Deep down this laughter there is always a feeling of revenge.
The second type of laughter is when you laugh at yourself. This is worth achieving. This is cultured.
"And the third is the last – the highest. This is not about anybody – neither the other nor oneself. The third is just Cosmic.
If you can learn the second, then the third will not be far ahead. Soon you will reach the third. But leave the first type. That laughter is degrading. But almost ninety-nine percent of your laughter is of the first type. Much courage is needed to laugh at oneself. Much confidence is needed to laugh at oneself.
"Books I Have Loved" by Osho Rajaneesh; in the following order.
THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
THE BOOK OF MIRDAD.
JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL.
TAO TE CHING by Lao Tzu.
THE PARABLES OF CHUANG TZU.
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT (Bible)
THE ONE THOUSAND SONGS OF MILAREPA