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The National Discourse is in Danger

discourse August 14th, 2018

God, can you imagine wearing this t-shirt? What a couple of assholes. It boggles the mind what is in the head some Trump voters, Republicans, and far-righties. In this piece, guest blogger Jamie M. Lombardi analyzes the White House Correspondents’ Dinner comedic performance this year, by Michelle Wolf. Wolf took a fair amount of flak for her comments, but the question, I think, is: what is the best way to think about comedy and satire in politics and religion? 

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Sardonic Political Comedy: Positive or Negative?

comedy July 23rd, 2018

Courageous and conniving comic Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new series entitled Who is America? in which he sends up politicians, media figures, and other notable folks. It is stinging and sardonic and amazing, like Cohen’s gags as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno. The man is oozing talent out of his pores. In this guest blog, Joseph Mangano asks “Whether or not the show is subjectively ‘good’ or ‘bad’ as a comedic creation does not approach, however, the subject of whether or not Who is America? is a show that real-world America needs in the current political climate.” He cites, for example, “a recent piece by Aja Romano, Internet culture reporter for Vox, who believes Baron Cohen’s ‘prankster provocations are a bad match for our current cultural climate.'” This lengthy and well-written piece should help you decide how you feel about comedy as positive or negative in a time of political polarization and what I (using language from Chalmers Johnson) would call “the waning days of empire.”

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Humor Quotes: Lighten Up, Friends!

Humor quotes make us relax, laugh, and appreciate June 20th, 2017

Life can be a drag. We can all get too serious, work too hard, and focus too intently. The world we live in is particularly adept at crushing spirits, reducing mental well-being, and depressing those of us who think. In fact, Jean Racine quipped that “Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” One of the things that can be helpful is to read and re-read some great humor quotes. They have a remarkable ability to open the mind, relax the soul, and create a fresh perspective. And though lightheartedness is, I say, one of the values of the wise (along with humor), a third aspect to this ValueSet is that of recognizing and accepting the absurd. Here are some of my favorite thoughts on this most interesting and engaging of subjects:

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Lightheartedness and Humor are Virtues

lightheartedness relaxes the mind May 20th, 2017

Justice, honor, and courage are certainly considered virtues. However, lightheartedness (mirth, joviality, relaxedness) is a great way to live life. These states of mind and attitudes don’t have the gravitas and long history of such cardinal virtues as wisdom, peace, and rationality, but consider the following: “What else can so enjoyably exercise the heart and boost the mood? What else can serve so well as both a social signal and a conversational lubricant? What else can bond parents to children, siblings to one another, and teach powerful lessons about staying alive in a tooth-and-claw world? Laughter may seem like little more than evolution’s whoopee cushion, but if scientists studying it are right, we owe it an awful lot of thanks for some surprisingly serious things” ~ Jeffrey Kluger. Read on to find out more insight and inspiration for living a life that is as fulfilling, refreshing, and rewarding as one of study, industry, money-making, or righteousness. 

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