Do Buddhist monks ever laugh out loud?
They smile some, wear contented looking faces a lot but never something beyond a thoughtful, far-away looking smile.
In a book that I am reading by Lin Yutang he talks about 3 views of mankind - the traditional Christian, the Greek pagan view and the Chinese view. He adds - "(I do not include the Buddhist view because it is too sad.)"
Is the relative absence of highs a fair price to pay for the relative absence of lows. Is it consistent with human nature.