Why did the adept cross the road? Why, to get to the Path of Initiation, of course! The following are my thoughts on the question, "What is the importance of humor on the Path?"
I see life on this planet as a sort of video game. It is a game, a schoolroom, and if we die we keep coming back again and we play again and we keep playing until we master the game and then we can go on to the next level. It is merely a game, a comedy (sometimes a tragedy), and none of it is real. When we can laugh at the situations that occur in this video game called life, then we are declaring the illusion and not allowing ourselves to get caught up in it. Laughter is saying, "This is not real, this is only a game, a lesson. I realize the fun and joy of this game because I am learning with each new level I reach." So since Richard mentioned his love for limericks, I am going to submit a limerick, not a sonnet, however I do have the sun in my bonnet.
There was an old devil named Satan
Who thought he was hot, but was fakin'
He was loosed on the earth,
For all he was worth,
But wound up in the lake that was bakin'!