On Fun, Part 1: Fun Is Good

"I’m not saying just that I like fun; that’s pretty much assumed in the definition of the word. What I’m saying here is a moral judgment, with a theological foundation. Fun is good. Morally good. We ought to have fun." - Olinger

210 reads

There is 1 Comment

Kevin Miller's picture

I have a little bit of a semantic quibble with the way the author is defining "fun." He says that fun is "pleasure" and "rest.".In my mind, pleasure is simply another word for fun. The first definition for fun that I found online was "enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure." So his description of fun becomes, in my mind, "fun and rest." Now, for a Biblical discussion, it certainly makes sense to use a word like "pleasure" or "enjoy" rather than "fun," since both "pleasure" and "enjoy" can be easily found in the Bible. I did find an apt use of "fun" in the New Living Translation. Proverbs 10:23 in that version says "Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible."

So my quibble is not with using a synonym for fun to define it. That makes sense. My quibble is with the other part of his definition, in calling fun "rest." I do a number of fun things that are not restful. I'd consider them exciting rather than restful. For example, going to the Minnesota State Fair is fun. Lots of activities, lots of things to see, but I need a rest afterwards.

Certainly some fun things can be restful, but not all, so it's not like I'm totally denying his point. I'm just expressing a little quibble. (Having semantic discussions is extremely "fun" for me. Smile )