“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they could be.”  –  William Hazlit.

I’ll just come out and say it:  Political Correctness and self-victimization or victimhood have killed humor in America, maybe the world.  We have become too self centered, too power-hungry and too serious.

When I was newly out of the Air Force and was working as a sales engineer at a steel fabrication company, we saw sales people almost every day.  Some sold steel, other nuts and bolts.  There were welding equipment suppliers and gas suppliers.  Even our small 25 person company saw a salesman or two every day.  What did they have in common?  Most brought donuts or pizza or cookies and most had a joke to tell.

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from Resist.com

from Resist.com

Today, the chances of getting a joke from a salesperson are zero.  Everyone is afraid of whom they might offend.  We are too sensitive, too easily offended – looking for ways to play the ‘victim card’.

I blame those who seek power through the use of the victim ploy.  Many call it the race card, but it is just as commonly the religion card or the lifestyle card.  We are all being played by those who want more:  More power, more money, more titles, just more of everything.  And to get it they use the victim ploy.  “You are hateful because you tell a Jewish joke or a Polish joke or a fat-boy joke.”  Really?  Does that mean I hate Jews or Poles or Fat people because I tell a joke about them?

Shecky Green and Henny Youngman were Jewish funny-men.  The majority of their jokes were Jewish jokes.  did that make them “Jew-haters” or did they do that because they had the capacity to make fun of themselves – a valuable tool to overcome many of life’s hurdles.

Examples:

“Why do Jewish men die before their wives?  They want to.”

“There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins.  In Jewish tradition, the fetus is not considered viable until it graduates from law school.”

Is this hate?  Of course not, nor is most humor that makes fun of any group.  It is making light of the serious things in life so they are more bearable.

So the next time someone calls you a ‘hater’ for telling a joke, tell them to lighten up.  Don’t let them play you like we have been played by politicians over the past few decades.  They just want power and this is their favorite tool.

William Hazlit again – “The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”

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