Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sarcasm Is For Losers

"Sarcasm is the lowest form of humour".  An old but highly accurate statement in my opinion.  One definition of sarcasm is "the use of irony to mock or convey contempt", thus it illustrates exactly the mindset of the perpetrator of this type of remark (I object to it being called a joke) toward its intended victim.  Although sarcasm gives a glimpse of the perp's true inner feeling (contempt) about the target of the remark it cannot, of course, convey the pain and embarrassment - sometimes public, sometimes not - experienced by the recipient of same.  Sure, sarcasm is witty and makes its originator look bright and superior to some.  And when shared by two or more friends at the expense of an unknowing or unaware third party one could argue that there is no damage done.  Although that may or may not be true, it still gives us an important glimpse into the character of the sarcastic remark's originator.  Sarcasm is an indicator of a major character flaw - the need to make fun of someone for our own edification.  So while we all get caught up in laughing at sarcastic remarks from time to time, remember: the butt of the "joke" could just as easily be you the next time.  For if your friend humours you with sarcastic remarks about others, how does he humour them about you?