The Poison and Wine of Laughter – Part 2 (Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 200)

A much different energy, whether isolated or commingling in its flow, accompanies the willful humor which may be implemented to tickle our awarenesses.

I believe that this delicious and relaxing wine of laughter can only be properly served and shared in the gobleted prisms of sparkling and chiming clarity. Its consumption  ebbs and flows only amongst those who prefer the good hearted spirit of celebrated comradery, understanding and reflection for all; toasts and counter toasts of sloshing wine, teasing and playful contemplative joy, to dull the razor’s edge for another, as much or even more so, than for yourself. It is the polished reflection of an acknowledged and shared higher awareness that may only arise out of the union of genuine engagement in which we mutually decide to smile and dance and frolic despite whatever else may be.

This vino of laughter is a magical elixir of lightness which brings counterbalance to the heaviest awareness of the dark realms of existence by protecting the totality of focus via its gulping defiance of complete surrender to the piecemeal density of the gloom. Jovial levity is not denial of or withdrawal from that infinite gloom or its unrelenting presence which is woven into all things; it is only a refusal to sink into the fathomless darkness, a refusal to allow oneself to hopelessly suffocate in the pure nullifying oblivion which lurks in depths below. The jesters of chosen levity have learned to whimsically walk upon that malignant swell and  even dance upon its blackwater when they find a kindred spirit who dares to stride along with them in the same defiant movements. It is a defiant communion that may properly align and balance all of the lightness and darkness gracefully and cursedly beknown to those who possess a highly enlightened awareness.

It is a saving grace of higher transcendence for those who might easily go mad or succumb to suicide without its tickling touch of perpetual light, love, and perspective.

As amusement most readily aligns with psychopathy/sociopathy and apathy, willfully aware humor most readily aligns with empathy. Where psychopathy and apathy typically find themselves engaged in laughter that flows from the ridicule or harassment of another (over-dominance) or the passive aggressive patronizing of others (over-nurturing) for some ulterior motive, empathy typically engages in the stable and balanced satirical laughter of perception, comprehension, and the hope to bring about a better existence for all parties involved. The poison of amusement employed in psychopathy and apathy creates only a marketed pseudo-union of exchange which perpetuates the delinquency of  delusional perception and thus, potentiates isolated destabilization for all. On the other hand, or perhaps I should say instead, in the other glass, the wine of humor employed by empaths is a swirling interaction of genuine union and thus, its magical liquor bathes all in the warm glow of bonding synergistic stability.

When the laughter of willfully aware humor is faked, bastardized, exploited, and/or  weaponized it becomes a numbed and zombified sensation of the pseudo-reality of the living dead. It becomes amusement.

When we let go of our egos and acknowledge the imperfect and bemusing flaws, glitches, and defects of our existence and coexistence, we move beyond ourselves and connect our energy much more readily with all of the other creatures and forces within the realm of existence; we connect to the rest of existence not only through pattern recognition, alignment, consistency, and  the refined establishment of perfected order and precision of purpose, but also via the vast pervasive and permeating “dark energy” of confusing, puzzling, and often entertaining chaos; we exist and connect not piecemeal and fragmented, but in isolated union with our own multidimensionality and even more importantly, in the greater communal multidimensional union of higher transcendence.

If we are to truly live, we must love, and if we are to truly love, we must. . .we must,  laugh. May the wine of love and laughter flow through your veins forevermore.

Cribb          2017




The Poison and Wine of Laughter – Part 1 (Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 199)

The difference between these two forms of laughter, better stated as amusement or willfully applied humor, might be the most tragically misunderstood and misinterpreted experience in the universe.

The Poison

Amusement has become the expected and the demanded law of the land by the herd. People declare their overt fondness and preference of friends and mates that keep them amused on a perpetual basis while they discount or minimize the need and importance of all of the person’s other qualities and character traits. Internet dating sites clearly display this knee jerk regurgitated “Isn’t it obvious, just like everyone else knows and says, duh?” proclamation; being amusing is the one trait cherished above all others and an absolute must have in any potential suitor interested in a possible relationship or even one simple encounter.

It is also a prime defining trait of psychopaths and the psychopathic manipulation of others. The uncanny ability of a psychopath to intoxicatingly bedazzle their “victims” into a giddy state of apathy and unconcern for reality, consequences, and ramifications, is well documented in the psychological and behavioral literature. Players seducing their prey for the night, slick willy businessmen sealing a deal, con-artists conning, heretical revival preachers enunciating and gesticulating their flock into hyper-emotional overload just prior to the passing of the collection plate, and corrupt politicians charming the masses into blind passionate obedience via the bombast and hyperbole of vitriol against a scapegoat, all exemplify amusement being implemented in its more malignant version.

A more benign form of amusement involves much less overt manipulation and a significantly lower conscious awareness of  intent by the implementer. This manifestation typically expresses itself via more basic, mundane, crude, unintelligent, and a lowest-common-denominator-bonding-experience that thrives and energizes itself on folly, ridicule, debasement, trash talking, or blubbering non-contemplative mesmerization. Fart jokes, burp songs, practical jokes emphasizing cruelty, engaging in trash talk with rival sports fans or about a previous romantic experience, and the subtle influence imposed on specific independent individuals by their larger group amusement state or more accurately, their larger group – pseudo, pretend, and feigned – amusement state, all exemplify this dynamic. Even the use of boring and uninteresting conversation, or numb and fake conversation, with only a subconscious intent to unconditionally ensnare another’s attention, is an example of this woeful benign amusement.

While the benign form of amusement may sometimes be harmless and/or a simple break from reality and contemplative awareness, typically both forms are dastardly and heinous. They both promote delusion via withdrawal and distraction from visceral perception and awareness; they negate reality, serving the same effect on people as that of an addict succumbing to a fix or a hit. But the drug of amusement is tragically and counterproductively swallowed under the satiating pretense of enlightenment and a desired interaction with the best aspects of life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Amusement is the doublespeak-doublethink bastardized child of, the Bizarro antivilian to, and the Dark Sided Sith, of aware and willfully applied  humor. Do not mistake this poison for wine, no matter the sparkle, spectacle, and charmful elegance of the decanter it resides within.

(continued and completed in Part 2)

Cribb          2017

The Veterinarian – Beauty

Do not ever kid yourself.
Beauty will consume your essence and destroy it before you ever have the slightest clue about its intent.

The babe will suckle at the soft warm breast of the mother as the pith is driven deep into the base of his brain.

He will die with the thoughts of satisfied hunger and maybe, at that last infinitesimal moment of consciousness, a moment not long enough to contemplate in entirety or reflection, he will wonder what he did wrong.

What he did that forced her hand to tighten its grip on that spit.


Cribb – in younger years

Compliance with Style and Laughter, even when it really doesn’t mean a Damn Thing

Note: This is my non-fictional response to a Workers Comp Insurance Company that performed an assessment of Veterinary Care Center to ascertain what safety risks or safety compliance issues might exist, and thus, need to be addressed. This assessment appears to have been performed by this company because of a “slip and fall” accident that occurred at VCC previously. Some specifics of that “slip and fall” will be revealed below. The previous Workers Comp Co. jacked our rates up after settling with the “fallee” because despite the clear facts, it was simply cheaper for that company to settle with the “fallee” than to defend the truth and my honor. So, as some ignore reality, I must comply with silly lists that will never be long enough or contain enough clauses to protect my honor or liability, but I can do it with style and make myself laugh in the process. May you laugh as well, whether it be from humor or the absurdity of it all.

To whom it may concern;

I believe that I have addressed all of “your” concerns as listed in the Oct 17, 2013 letter that was sent from ABC America to Veterinary Care Center.

First, I do want to bring something to your attention that I believe your “Loss Control Department” is not aware of or has chosen to ignore. Absolutely, none of your recommendations have or had anything to do with, or would have prevented the “2012 slip and fall incident due to a wet floor” that was referenced in your letter. The employee that suffered from the “2012 slip and fall incident due to a wet floor” had a pre-existing knee condition that she had previously and openly discussed with multiple employees at Veterinary Care Center, as well as her inability to afford the medical care that was required to have such a condition evaluated and treated. Of note, is the additional fact that in the week prior to our pre-existing knee condition “claim winner” suffering from the hazardous workplace conditions at Veterinary Care Center and “falling immediately next to a bright yellow mop bucket, tattooed with a bright red label warning of caution”, she had received a verbal warning that her work ethic was poor and that she was facing impending termination if her work ethic did not improve. While, none of your bullet points would have prevented this event in any way, what would have appropriately and rightly balanced this employees’ sham act, would have been the previous worker’s comp insurance agency, defending me via the actual facts related to the “case”, instead of choosing settlement because it was more financially prudent for their interests. So, while I attempt to comply with your list, forgive me if I laugh a little bit in the process. When truth and defending such yields to the ease of allowing fiction to rule simply because it is more financially advantageous to your company, no list or employee handbook will ever be long enough to protect me.


We have 3 employees. I am directly involved with the supervision of all employees. Employees are instructed to use common sense relating to all of the categories listed. If an employee fails to display enough common sense or aptitude to protect them or maintain the safety of other employees, they will be terminated. In any matter that an employee questions or perceives involving a possible risk, they are specifically instructed to speak with me directly before proceeding. The staff is prohibited from any activities I perceive involve a high level of risk.

The staff is made aware of your extensive safety library at www.ABCAMERICA.JOKEcom should they want further training in common sense and a different, objective source for safety considerations and recommendations.


We do not have regular (or recent) accidents to have regularly scheduled meetings about. We have 3 employees. The “slip and fall” referenced above has been discussed in great detail with my entire staff. The staff understands completely that the previous worker’s comp insurance company totally sold out and did not represent my interests. The entire staff knows that the “claim winner” was a player who orchestrated events to my detriment and her benefit. The entire staff understands that the “accident” was a joke.

The staff understands they are perpetually suppose to report any thing pertaining to anything or any event on the hospital grounds or in the hospital that could lead to an accident or a problem with safety.


Motor vehicles are very rarely used pertaining to clinic business. The driving records of all employees are consistent with responsible individuals that drive safely. Employees with a questionable safety driving record will never be involved with operating a motor vehicle for company business.


Henceforth, no employee who operates a motor vehicle in the very rarely performed task of company business, may use a cell phone in any manner whatsoever while operating the vehicle. There are no exceptions to this rule.


All employees are to wear footwear that is in good general condition and good tread condition. All employees are to check their footwear daily to assure that their footwear remains in good general condition and in good tread condition. If any footwear theorized to be slip resistant is found in actuality to be less than slip resistant by an employee, said footwear shall be replaced by the employee with footwear that is in actuality slip resistant.


Your picture of the dog bathing tub (referencing this concern), clearly shows a slip resistant rubber floor mat sitting in the tub. The mat is normally kept in the tub unless a bath is being performed so as to not create a tripping hazard for someone who is just walking by the tub. The floor next to the tub and within the kennel is to be kept as dry as is feasible at all times. Any item creating any sort of a tripping risk is to be removed immediately from any floor. See your picture.


The fire extinguishers (2) have just been serviced and have been deemed adequate for a period of one year. Continued annual inspection will occur. Appropriate tags are attached to each extinguisher. See attached picture.


All items have been removed from at least 36” from the front of the electrical panels to assure for rapid access should an emergency develop. This area will be maintained as such. See attached picture.


All gasoline containers (oil containers, etc.,) have been moved to the exterior of the building. Some lawn equipment is being stored in one closed room within the clinic that no one except Dr Cribb is allowed to enter. Employees are not to breathe gasoline fumes or attempt to ignite these same fumes at any time, even when the fumes are outside of the building. Employees are not to approach with a 10 foot radius of me while I am mowing the lawn with the lawn mower because they might trip on whatever substrate is under their footwear and fall under the mower, to lose life or limb. See attached picture.


We do not have a ladder. We do have a step stool that I just inspected and found to be structurally sound. I will continue to inspect this step stool monthly. It will be culled should its structural integrity become compromised.


All employees are advised to not stand with both feet at the same level for too long a period because this will lead to excessive static loads upon their legs. Employees are instructed to sit down if they feel like their legs are too fatigued. No employees are currently complaining about this issue being an issue and no employees are currently requesting anti-fatigue mats.


Jeff Cribb DVM