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a world that is losing its sense of humour
February 23, 2013, 12:01 am
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848Something to be scared of: a world that is losing its sense of humour.

Is mainstream American humour angry?  Not all, but I think much of it is: flat footed, mean spirited, capricious, dirty, designed to scandalize, witless, a sledge hammer, dull.  A generalization?  Perhaps.

Here is author Milan Kundera’s observation about loss of humour and the corollary rise of fear and stupidity and arrogance:

I learned the value of humour during the time of Stalinist terror. I was twenty then. I could always recognize a person who was not a Stalinist, a person whom I needn’t fear, by the way he smiled. A sense of humour was a trustworthy sign of recognition. Ever since, I have been terrified by a world that is losing its sense of humour.

The stupidity of people comes from having an answer to everything.

Milan Kundera, interviewed by Philip Roth

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I think many people are confused… they think that sarcasm especially towards another person is a humour… while i think it is absolutely disrespectful. Yes people have lost their sense of humour.

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