GELOTOPHOBIA is the debilitating fear of being laughed at and apparently affects 30% of the Human population..HA!
I'd say that with the exception of Comedians, Cartoonists, and a few Writers & Bloggers, that the percentage is closer to 99%.
Gelotophobia is also at the very heart of Political Correctness...
which I view as a form of Orwellian Newspeak and blatant coercion which is used to silence free speech and extinguish an open discussion amongst people with ((gasp)) differing points of view!
I watched an interview with ART SPIEGELMAN the creator of MAUS and he spoke openly about the need to protect free speech. He reminded me of how ridiculous and dangerous the Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy was.
Now I understand why people are terrified of having their religion examined, they don't want any investigation of their belief system that might prove how improbable the basic tenets are..not only that nobody likes being wrong or laughed at..the Gelotophobia thingamabob. It is rude to make fun of another's decision to believe but GOD or whoever or whatever you want to believe gave us this incredible brain for a reason and the least that we can do is use it to verify our reality.
Political correctness prohibits any insinuation that someone else's cosmology might be completely fabricated hooey...unless it is out there like like the modern media whipping boy Scientology. However to be fair, if you think about it, almost every religion relies on the existance of alien beings intervening with the affairs of humans...
I appreciate heavenly bodies as much as the next guy so whatEV?!
Where does that leave Agnostical people like myself who may view all religions as manufactured concoctions of imagination, but think that all hell would break loose if people didn't have these traditional moral governors holding them back from reducing the planet to cinders.
Why is religion off limits? Why does the press wear 'kid gloves' when they follow the Pope and other spiritual leaders around the world?
The most obvious people making fun or questioning such ideologies are Comedians. Oh sure members of religious Group A can make fun of Group B (SPLITTERS!) because only they have the ONE TRUE intergalactic bellhop at their service...this is the root cause of almost every armed conflict on the planet. Let's hear it for tradition HURRAY!
Many leaders like Osama Been Hidin are notorious for being dour sourpusses who take themselves so seriously...they cannot afford to look human or infallible to the chosen. No Jokes.
But most of us tell jokes..and most of us out here are not the general public, I understand that now. Look at the latest edition of the New Yorker and it's mockery of the idiots who try to insinuate falsehoods about the Obamas.
Get it. Most consumers will not even though pundits are feverishly trying to explain it to them. Most Americans interviewd on the telly were upset that their FLAG was burning in the fireplace..*sigh.
What a grand testament to the uber nationalism and patriotism for a country that let's you be all that you can be as long as you don't expect said "country" to take care of you if you get sick or want your kids to waste their time with fancy book learnin' in some fancy schmancy edumacation system.
The f*cking flag was burning..are you kidding me...they don't get it!
Not only that but Obama has to battle old school disciples of victimization like Jesse Jackson and his fellow dinosaurs. Jackson caused a ruckus on TV (the mike is always on Jesse DUH!) for whispering that he wanted to kick Obama in the nuts because Barrack had the cajones to chastise young black men for not stepping up to the duties of fatherhood. Any idiot can impregnate a girl Jesse OOPS I guess that you know that.
I'm sorry Mr Jackson but he is fo' reeeeal!
We use jokes to manage our emotions. I recently read that British Sociologist Christie Davies of the International Society for Humor Studies ISHS said that "JOKES, in many ways, are a way of getting around restrictions on what you can say." Restrictions like Political Correctness?
According to WIKI "Humour occurs when;
1 An alternative or surprising shift in perception or answer is given that still shows relevance and can explain a situation.
2 We laugh at something that points out another's errors, lack of intelligence, or unfortunate circumstances; granting a sense of superiority.
3 Sudden relief occurs from a tense situation "humourific" as formerly applied in comedy referred to the interpretation of the sublime and the ridiculous. In this context, humour is often a subjective experience as it depends on a special mood or perspective from its audience to be effective.
4 Two ideas or things are juxtaposed that are very distant in meaning emotionally or conceptually, that is, having a significant incongruity.
Who other than Comedians can say things that we all think but are afraid to say. They are the only people allowed to make fun of the human condition and are exempt from the mindnumbing atrocities of adhering to political correctness.
"A comic says funny things; a comedian says things funny."
Comedians, Cartoonists, and a handful of Writers & Bloggers, regularily tackle subjects that would culminate in lawsuits seeking punitive damages for mental anguish, religious declarations inciting the faithful to kill, and awkward moments that usually ruin a dinner party.
Most western governments have adopted the premise that in order to promote equality, they must instate a certain proportion of applicants who may not be the best qualified or deserving, but who represent a desired demographic group under-representated on their ledger. Theoretically this is necessary in order to present the image of a perfectly integrated society...which unfortunately doesn't exist outside the building.
If we were truly gender/colour blind we wouldn't even need to know who filled the position because we could assume that the most appropriate candidate would be chosen on their talent, qualifications, accomplishments, desire, and experience. How bizarre?
Now the notion of improving our meritocracy exists because we Humans have always, always. always, been subjected to the males of the upper ruling class making their own rules and taking care of 'their own' and a few sycophants who ass kiss their way up the ladder...
which ironically is exactly how political correctness operates but atleast everybody has documentation to cover their ass.
Basically we need more Comedians and fewer Politicians.
What if we just tried having the funniest politically incorrect people run things for a while? The funniest person would be President or Prime Minister...
OOPS sorry..y'all just had two terms of that..my Bad!
It would be funny if the handful of people who run our world didn't have the power to actually create laws that protect their dumbass schemes with political correctness.
Do any of you remember a time since the sixties when real change seemed possible?