Humor is to provoke laughter, providing amusement. ‘Laughter is the best medicine’, a phrase we all have heard. It rings true in the face of almost every human experience. It breaks the tension between quarreling people; it interrupts the hurting, hate-filled nonsense we sometimes experience. It’s manifested in smiles, bursting into joy…sending soothing chemicals from the brain, igniting a pleasant release of stress. It’s been a mainstay for many relationships, both personal and professional. It works! It works for ALL of us, no matter what we are going through or suffer from.
With that in mind, let’s talk about the types of humor. After all, we all enjoy humor, but certain humor causes our laughter to commence. Some like raunchy humor, full of cursing and sexual innuendos. Some like the clean, family type humor. Some like the silly type humor, the dummying down type. Some enjoy the intelligent/witty type of humor. And of course the most enjoyable, laughing at ourselves. Most of us like a combination of them, that work to loosen the burgeoning chuckle or hardy laugh that we all enjoy and need. There is a long list of the types of humor that are experienced by millions during their life experience, although different in taste, the outcome is the same…laughter.
With the birth of well-founded laws protecting minority classes of people, there has developed the need of political correctness. Being politically correct, or PC, is now written in bylaws of various companies and corporations, slowing the belittling in unhealthy workplace environments. More of late, PC has flowed into most TV production and personality, evoking reprimands and even termination of those who cross those sensitive boundaries.
Staying in the same vein of being PC, I feel that there are words that we as mature humanity need to leave behind or evolve away from. We all know the power, history, and representation of various words that evoke memories of pain, whether in the general public or on a personal level. Words that evolved from the playground, into our adult lives and conversation. Our species is one of many that developed pecking orders 150,000 years ago, back when tribes ruled. Intimidation was and is a tool people use to develop these sometimes cruel events, using nicknames and bullying techniques that still work today. Although most quell those immature events as adults, there are those that carry those same deceitful techniques into adulthood, honing it’s poison into more ‘legal’ level.
This behavior has been deemed an acceptable form of ‘art’, when used by comedians and performers. It has been woven into cultures for eons. Since early times of this great nation, using any ‘different’ group or minority were used as the butt of jokes, allowing and celebrating the denigration of peoples for a mere laugh. Allowing this type of humor leans to a devolving society, especially here in the U.S., where we are the most diverse country on the planet. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” …one of the biggest un-truths ever spoken! Ignorance on the playground between children is one thing, but to carry that into adulthood is a hurting disservice to us all. Social evolution is a continued must for a diverse culture and society.
What I’m saying is this, we all know the words that hurt. Those condescending or maligning words or remarks that we allow ourselves to enjoy at the expense of others as an ‘accepted’ form of entertainment, to permeate our lives without remorse.
I think it’s time to evolve. Stop the masked prejudice, and evolve our humor to something more tasteful, not to be cloaked as a recognized ‘art form’.