I was at dinner last night and one of our friends made this comment “I think everything is open to being made a joke of. Things are so serious nowadays. We need to lighten up, and comedy is the way to do this safely around important topics.”
I love the discussions that happen on our dinner parties. We all have such diverse perspectives and this makes for good conversations. As you can imagine, this topic was a heated one.
I could see his perspective, that we need comedy, however there were three of us (and one on the fence) that disagreed with the statement, that all topics were open game.
Our friend could not see our logic. It may have been the alcohol speaking more than common sense, however at the time there was no getting through.
I don’t mind a bit of black humour, however I have a deep dislike for having fun at other’s expense. My grandmother always said “Many a truth is said in jest.”
Basically, I think that some topics can be really hurtful and can be hidden behind a saccharin smile. Personal comments made in jest need to be carefully worded, and the audience carefully considered. Unless you are an utter git and really do want to cause pain and suffering.
Luckily most of the participants at the table were boozed up enough to forget all about the heated argument that lasted a good hour or so. Luckily (at times) for me I don’t drink so I have to sit though and remember the entire conversations 🙂
Suffice to say, be nice people. Say what you mean and mean what you say. And if you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all.
Live well. Be brave.