Humans are social animals and love sharing the good things of live, such as humour, art, music. They also love sharing in competition, ie buying and selling. So economics can join us, too. Then we all love our children, we [almost] all want peace and prosperity, though we all want some excitement from time to time. Football on TV may not be enough. In the ME there are so many more things which people have in common than things which divide them, it is so stupid that the hate and fear goes on and on. But hate is self-perpetuating, fear makes you make bad decisions, and worst of all, there are lots of people who gain an advantage from the hate and fear. e.g. weapons-dealers, to give an obvious example. But a bit less obvious is the power which politicians get, and the influence and sales which newspapers and TV shows get. Young men need to compete with one another and to test and show-off their leadership capacities. The young women watch and encourage.
Anyway, this morning I saw a couple of brilliant funny movies on youtube, one deliberately so, the other not deliberately, but no less funny. Can we ME-peace-makers do more with our God-given capacity for laughter? It is infectious! It is good for you! We must laugh together.
I was at a showing in former East Germany of the movie "Goodbye Lenin". The audience was laughing all the time. Actually, alternate halves were laughing: the Wessies laughed at the Ossie jokes and the Ossies laughed at the Wessie jokes. But they all came out happy together.
I notice that Organised Religion does not approve of laughter. I hate organised religion, hence I do my best to laugh at it as much as possible.