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hatred cutting humour

Can humour spike through hatred to make space for empathy
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I wonder if a genius comic could put a big blanket on warring groups' hatred with humour. This would take the form of research, into the parties concerned, to find common elements of which to make groups laugh at exactly the same thing. A common laugh. A laugh together.

A few people would actually see themselves laughing and see their opponents laughing at exactly the same thing. I'm sure this would be beneficial and would make a space for something new.

A extreme caution would have to be taken to make sure the humour doesn't backfire making each group laugh at the other which would just be reinforcing old habits.

I can't suggest any material but as an added dimension I point you to link.

wjt, May 19 2019

Possible poignant accompanying emotional notes. Stand-up_20pathedian
Which would make emotional orchestration on a new level. [wjt, May 19 2019]

Kosher Jokes For The Halalidays https://www.youtube...watch?v=6lZIFe4Y4rA
Good idea, but difficult in practice. Here are The El-Salamons having a go at baking it. [notripe, May 19 2019]

Language barriers https://www.youtube...watch?v=4mob7prolsg
Russell Peters, insulting everyone equally [Sgt Teacup, May 22 2019]


       Although the .5B is full of individual ideas made by individuals, the place seems to have gone 180 degrees from its pedantic booing days. If I can think of any material I will post it.
beanangel, May 19 2019

wjt, May 19 2019

       //the place seems to have gone 180 degrees from it's pedantic booing days//   

       pnctn: "its".
MaxwellBuchanan, May 19 2019

po, May 19 2019

       Possibly baked here in Canada, in Russell Peters' "Red, White and Brown" show: heroic efforts to insult every group equally.
Sgt Teacup, May 19 2019

       I think this is a great idea. Make a routine we can ALL get behind making fun of "those" people.   

       I think you all know who I'm talking about.   

       Maybe a twist of the idea is to have a routine where everybody thinks the "other side" is having their faults pointed out of but in fact it's both sides.   

       Or its both side's, either way works.
doctorremulac3, May 19 2019

       I don't think deep ingrained ideologies will be cut with the standard pointed emotional ripples. The jokes have to be deep and rare culturally significant insights, making the wise of both sides laugh. The younger may be a bit puzzled but that is good too especially if elders are laughing with positive emotion.
wjt, May 20 2019

       Sorry, but with people connecting on a common human level, how would political campaigners make a living through fermentation of hatred and polarisation?
zen_tom, May 20 2019

       There will always be people that missed that connection and will still have personal insecurity and an eagerness to latch on to the latest extreme fad.   

       Hopefully fewer, as intellect and the human mind grows over time.   

       Of course, central A.I. will dismiss these feelings as young and tell the political campaigners, with a processed probabilistic calculation, 'You can always try'.
wjt, May 21 2019

       //fewer, as intellect and the human mind grows over time.//   

       i.e. more, growing exponentially.
pocmloc, May 21 2019

       [pocmloc] On one dimension ,yes.
wjt, May 21 2019

       Universal unoffensive jokes are hard.   

       Even the three legged dog walking into a bar looking for the man who shot his paw offends three-legged dog owners... okay that's not true, that joke cracked them up, But, it just goes to not show that you can't please half of the people none of the time.   

       So lowbrow humour is needed, all right then.   

       How about an offensive joke battle, from comedic gladiators, using only personal cultural deprecating humour. Another culture may laugh but also start to see similarities pointed out when their own culture is taught-tured.   

       Victory goes to those whom generate the biggest group of aching ribs. Crying is also good too.
wjt, May 22 2019

       //three-legged dog owners// There can't be many of those. And I wonder how they buy shoes.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 22 2019

       [wjt], did you even look up Russell Peters' work? Honestly, do I have to do all the heavy work around here?! (See link. Sigh.)
Sgt Teacup, May 22 2019

       // I wonder how they buy shoes.//   

       Cash mostly, sometimes credit cards.   

       //three-legged dog owners// That's one special amputee prosthetic limb that has to be shod. Don't meant the Ozzie.   

       [Sgt Teacup] Close, but it is still generalised humour for laughing, not a focused enough way to weld to warring fractions of the human species.
wjt, May 23 2019

       What we really need, if we want to end hatred between people, is someone else to hate instead. We need to make contact with an alien species who are enough light-years away to make a physical meeting impossible, and then we all need to get together and hate the crap out of them.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 23 2019

       The human being is an emotional entity. Hatred in random, sporadic happenings is a part of life and probably can be handled. Usually caused by quite individual problems or situations. The problem arises when this emotion becomes manipulated, organised, and cornered into a focused group mentality such as hating another group at the end of a phone.
wjt, May 24 2019


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