Very Earnest Scientists sometimes have these outbursts of unconscious hilarity too. I remember watching some TV show on human evolution with a Very Earnest Richard Leakey standing in front of gorgeous 20,000 year old cave painting in France, asking, “Why did they do this. What would make these creatures behave in this way?” I suddenly had the strange sensation that he would ask the same question if he were in the Louvre.
Ideologues are typically heretics. They’ve taken a couple of human truths and tried to shrink all of human experience to fit just the couple of truths they can appreciate. It can frequently provide hilarity for everybody–except the ideologue.