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To wrap it all up, I simply wanted to say that humor has power.

It can be used to disarm, to charm, to identify with, to distance from, to lift up, to bring
one’s feet back to the ground…

How we use humor is important.

It is no shocking revelation that comedy today has taken on a mean spirit. But it is not
yet too late. We are not yet so deadened that we feel no remorse for laughing at other’s
expense.

With all my might, I have tried to avoid sinking to armchair-analysis…but…

It truly comes down to Respect.

How we experience and use Humor is an especially important topic for Christians as it
directly affects our two-fold mission to love God and love people.

Love starts with respect (it doesn’t end there…but that’s another topic).

Yet, how many times have we been out with other “Christians” and we either allow or
participate in our group making fun of other people. We laugh at how others dress, talk,
move. There’s also a highbrow counterpart to those fratboy-like antics. When those of us
who like to discuss things start attacking an opponent personally – by flipping the switch
from disliking someone’s views to actually disliking the person – we have cultivated the
Comedy of Degradation.

I will close with a two-part challenge for you…

1.) The next time you witness the Comedy of Degradation in action, denounce it.
Separate yourself from it, and don’t look back.
2.) Look for opportunities to develop a new humor paradigm for society. One that
does not come from a mean spirit, but from the understanding that we are all on
this Human Journey together.

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2 thoughts on “The Comedy of Degradation, Conclusion

  1. How true.
    It’s so easy to look at someone a little different than you and make fun. How much harder it seems it would be to take that same look and think, “How does Jesus see this person”. In other words “WWJD”.
    Thanks.

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    • Exactly. And I would take it even further. Not only should we be careful to not spitefully make fun of people…but, we should stop ourselves from looking down on people period.
      That means that the jerk who cuts us off on the road may “deserve” our scorn due to a human sense of “fairness”. But instead of yelling, “Hey, Stupid” (or even thinking it), we are called to something higher.

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