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Topic: The Media (in any form) (11/11/10)
TITLE: Humor or Wit?
By Verna Mull
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Most people are relaxed around someone with a sense of humor, whose humor is totally clean in content, and not cutting to any other specific human.
For instance, in the days of earlier types of coins, one might say, “I try to be so thrifty that I can squeeze a nickel hard enough that the Indian is riding the buffalo.”
Now, wit may cause many laughs, such as, “The Perfect Squelch,” but often brings harm to the one upon whom it is centered; In other words, laughter at someone else’s expense. I read a quote from Mason Cooley, which stated “We do justice coldly, injustice hotly.” Oftentimes a wit does injustice hotly, to get a laugh, no matter to what expense it may cost the hearer.
I am not saying that all wit is harmful, I am trying to say that true humor is much more to be sought after, or, let’s examine the things that automatically come into our brain, before spitting them out to someone else’s damage.
There are always two sides to everything that exists. All media have some good points, and all have some bad. Let’s all seek the good.
I like to call it humor,
Then sometimes it seems to be wit;
And to the average hearer,
It doesn‘t seem to matter a bit.
As long as you are amused,
I guess it’s not in vain;
But how I disdain my humor,
When it seems that I must explain!
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