Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Who Can We Laugh At?

Dear Madame L, 

I believe there is one other person that "Bigot" or "Wants to Laugh" can make fun of, and that's him(her)self. 

When people can laugh about their own experiences, and share those experiences for others' enjoyment, their humor is gladly received. 

For examples, read or listen to some talks from the recent LDS General Conference. Many of our General Authorities, including the late President Gordon B. Hinckley, are (were) masters of self-depracating humor. 

I'm Just Saying...

Dear Friend,
Thank you so much for your comment. You are absolutely right. The best comedians, the people who are the life of the party, the ones we all like to be around, are people who can laugh at themselves.

Laughing at other people not only hurts the feelings of the people you're laughing at or poking fun at, but it diminishes the confidence of the people you're talking to. Haven't we all had that horrible feeling when we laugh at an unkind joke that we may be the butt of the next one, as soon as we're not around? 

Making fun of other people shows a certain immaturity and lack of self-respect, while being able to laugh at yourself requires the self-confidence that comes from being grounded, happy, and mature.

Madame L

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