My professor today advised us to put our ideas up against the "laugh test". If you tell someone your brain child and they make a mockery of it, than it probably isn't such a good idea. I just looked at my friend and choked back a laugh of my own.
Laughter is a very common response nowadays to our ideas. I definitely believe that some ideas should be released before they drag you down in impossible pursuits. Yet if my friend and I had stopped when people laughed at us, we would have missed out on a lot of wonderful experiences. Perhaps we would have a bit more sanity than we do now, but we would be having a lot less fun and a lot less laughter. I usually laugh along with those who doubt us, but I refuse to let laughter get in my way. Giving someone a good time at my expense is fine, but letting them deprive me of being absurd is not.
I think a lot can be solved through laughter. When you have a reached a point where you can laugh at yourself, you are never more than one act of mindless goofery away from a good time. When you can zoom out enough that the overwhelming pixels merge together and become a coherent picture, you can laugh at the lack of perspective you once had and enjoy the birds' eye view. Of course, there are issues that must be dealt with and can't be laughed away.
Still, I have determined to never let the laughter stop me, and instead never stop laughing at this marvelously quirky world we live in.