Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 65 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Life Arts   

True Humor Demands Courage

By       (Page 1 of 4 pages)   3 comments
Message Mark Sashine
Become a Fan
  (58 fans)

 From Audrey Hepburn show 05
Audrey Hepburn show 05 by Luiz Fernando / Sonia Maria

Satire: An obsolete kid of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author's enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness. In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic. Moreover, although Americans are 'endowed by their Creator' with abundant vice and folly, it is not generally known that these are reprehensible qualities, wherefore the satirist is popularly regarded as a sour-spirited knave and his every victim's outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent."  [Abrose Bierce , The Devil's Dictionary.]

"Let the walls of this toilet be decorated by humor and satire."
[Graffiti in a Russian public toilet.]

".. a laugh is the wisest, easiest answer to all that's queer."
[Herman Melville , Moby Dick.] 

I would like to start this essay with the following two samples of good   humor:

1. Every day on my way to work I drive by a dingy house on the edge of the street. The poster reads:

  Spiritual Readings. Walk-ins welcome.

Funny? You bet. You can imagine the walk-in spirits pouring through the door, like in the movie Ghost. The spiritual reader in the house, however, apparently didn't mean that. He meant people were welcome anytime, which made it even funnier.

If I wanted to use this poster as a piece of satire, I would rewrite it as   a poster on the door of a Congressman's office:

   Soul selling. Walk-ins welcome.


2. This one is an authentic joke from the  American South:

A person passes by a house in the South. There's an old man in a rocking chair on the porch. He watches the dog doing something strange: he jumps from his place, up and down, then lies back down at the same place. The passer-by asks the man:

              What's with the dog? 

  Guess..sss sitting on a nail, sneers the old man.

  Then why doesn't he move away?

  Guess..sss it doesn't hurt enough.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Interesting 2   Must Read 1   Touching 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Mark Sashine Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Human Coprophagia

Y2012- The Year Of A Coward


The School. Reading 'To Kill a Mockingbird' in Russia

They Think Of Us As Slaves ( small note with big conclusion)

Glory and Malice

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend