When humor hurts Humor

Veterinarian Jack Reece has worked at Help in Suffering, an animal hospital in Jaipur, India, since 1998 and has helped eliminate rabies in the city.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, observed in an address in 1893, I agree with Rev. Dr. Talmage, that there are wit, humor, and enduring vivacity among Gods people (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 117).

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Most of us love to laugh. Humor can lighten a mood, break the ice in stiff situations, and bring people together. A genuinely good joke or comic remark may add needed perspective and insight, even to political and social problems.

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In extreme circumstances, a form of humor can even be an instrument of cruelty. The mocking of others, often those in a minority or in a vulnerable position, unfortunately is not new.

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The healing of the negative aspects of comedy will bring a more intelligent, meaningful sense of humor into our lives, Humor bringing genuine insight and joy.

I believe in the power of the meek and prayerful acknowledgment that it is simply not in the nature of the man or woman God created to believe that there is any benefit or joy in crossing a line at which humor becomes destructive at anothers expense. This truth has a healing effect.

Although Jesus situation was unique, mockery, sarcasm, teasing, and being made fun of by others can be encountered by anyone in school, work,new york asian escorts or home situations. Some of such behavior is well or kindly meant and should be taken as such. We all need the ability to laugh at ourselves and our foibles.

Although the concept of schadenfreude a German word that means taking pleasure in anothers distress has gained coinage in the English-speaking world and is present in modern discourse, it does not mean that there can be real satisction or joy in doing something that you wouldnt want done to yourself.

The Gospel of Matthew describes how Christ Jesus was mocked by Pilates soldiers following the judicial procedure that led to the crucifixion: And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! (Matthew 27:29).

As r as Jesus response to this treatment is concerned, Mrs. Eddy states: Meekly our Master met the mockery of his unrecognized grandeur. Such indignities as he received, his followers will endure until Christianitys last triumph (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 39).

We can strive to be sure our humorous remarks are in keeping with the golden rule of expressing only the good and gentle humor we would want expressed toward us. Truth and Love guide each of us in what we say and do as we go through our day. And the same Christ heals the effects of any mistaken atteHumormpts at humor that produce hurtful effects. As a hymn by Maria Louise Baum states: From th accusers mocking voices/ Christ, our mighty Counsel, saves us (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 112).

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For those interested in the effect of prayer on our lives, what can we do to ameliorate such situations, whether they come directly into our experience or we simply encounter them in the media?

But humor can also be used to hurt. Whether its the sarcastic taunts of a bully or insensitive quips of a comedian targeting a particular group, humor can be distorted for negative purposes, as many believe was the case at the recent Academy Awards ceremony.

The battle for high ratings in the media may seem to fuel decisions as to how much edgy or even objectionable humor might be allowed on any given occasion. And the individual who makes jokes at anothers expense may feel that he or she gains admiration from bystanders. Comedians readily acknowledge that it is easier to make up cruel, negative jokes than good, appropriate ones. But these patterns of behavior are based on mistaken notions that deriding and insulting people could possibly bring real benefit for the creator or the audience. We each have the God-given capacity to bring needed intelligence to any creative challenge.

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From elephants tWhen humor hurts, Humoro bufloes, dogs to donkeys, Help in Suffering (HIS), a nonprofit animal welre group in Jaipur, India, treats animals large and small at low or no cost.

But there is a line that can be crossed when humor makes people feel uncomfortable or is cringe-inducing, and we can recognize this even if the object of the joke is not ourselves.


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