We will be brought low; all the way down to earth. These moments can feel humiliating but they are better thought of as humbling, the essence of the human experience. It is our humor that saves us, and that will be our posthumous gift to those who follow.
humus (n): the dark organic material in soils, produced by the decomposition of vegetable or animal matter and essential to the fertility of the earth. (see: dirt).
humility (n): a modest or low view of one’s own importance.
humiliate (verb): to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity.
human (adj): of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people.
humor (n): the quality of being amusing; a mood or state of mind.
posthumous (adj): arising, occurring, or continuing after one’s death.