Laughter is the best medicine. That's what they say anyway. If you think about it, it makes sense. You are so happy you can't contain the joy within yourself and it is released into the world. You can't help but smile when you hear someone laugh, even if you yourself are not in a good mood. If you make yourself laugh the sheer act will lift your spirits. That's what they mean when they say laughter is the best medicine. Laughter sends a signal to your brain, I am happy and releases the feel-good endorphins thereby making you happy when you're not.

To hear the unbridled laughter of a child will tame the most savage beast, I've seen it. The oldest grumpiest old man has cracked a smile when he hears children giggling. It's infectious but in a good way. It passes from person to person, putting a smile on their face and elevating them to a higher, better plane of existence. Or it used to anyway.

Oh, how I miss the sound of laughter. Ever since it was outlawed and thus most humans have forgotten how. I still remember what it sounds like. The bubbling effervescence of a great laugh. It's good for the soul. I'm sure there's a legitimate reason for outlawing it, I guess. I don't see what it is though. Now I only laugh inside my head. There are eyes and ears everywhere and they will arrest you if caught, never to be seen or heard from again. I've lost a fair number of friends that way. Those that remember how to laugh now are few and far between. I'm sure the government will move onto other outbursts of emotion soon. Yelling, crying, screaming. Then what will we be reduced to? Humans are not humans without their emotions. That's what separates man and beast. If we are nothing more than emotionless beings, incapable of love or hate how are we still human?

Emotions make you weak! They cry. Maybe but they can also make you strong. Just like happy and sad, you can't have one without the other. The government forgets that in its efforts to keep us safe from the monsters.

How bad can the monsters be if they are attracted to laughter? I mean really? I've never seen a monster kill anyone when they were called by the laughter. It never got the chance. We always destroyed it first. Now with all the tech out there, we'd never get the chance to find out what they actually do when up close and personal.

Without laughter, we are turning cold and distant from each other. The loss of it makes the other senses dull too. I've seen it in my grandchildren. When sent to playtime, they rarely make much noise. That seems to be frowned upon anyway, but it makes my heart sad. We were raucous youngsters and the youth of today have been rendered meek and quiet. They sure are smart though. Maybe that makes up for it? Only time will tell if the government did the right thing by stopping us from experiencing our joy out loud. What do you think? Will we become something of the past? Entering a new era of quiet? Will the monsters leave completely because there is no more laughter? We've already seen scores of them die, what's a few more? How will we know for sure they are really gone if we don't laugh? Canned laughter doesn't work to call them, it has to be true. But if no one can laugh how do we really know? The sirens are going off again. Hold on.

Another decree has been made. Just as I predicted, the first of many. Crying is now outlawed. That was always something I did in the safety of my own home. Now that's not even sacred. I don't want to die, but I fear for the future of the human race if this continues. Someone save us from ourselves. Please.