I have watched our society’s sense of humor, slowly dry up and disappear
until it is something kept for a few close friends and shared in secluded places.
As the term “Politically Correct” grew in statue and importance, all of our old
familiar jokes became in-correct and banned from everyday conversation.
Today it seems the only free game in town are jokes about lawyers and blondes. Seems lawyers are universally hated by everyone and the blond jokes are acceptable because there are so few real blondes and they are so dumb they don’t understand the jokes.
The ACLU will definitely not be after you if you crack a joke about either of these groups. How many of you remember: A priest, minister and a rabbi walked into…………………………………….
Or, How many ………does it take to change a light bulb?…………….
I have watched as work colleagues who used to display wit and charm slowly turned into austere, dry sentence Sayers. True, some humor was always and still is in poor taste and never acceptable at any age. However the days of us gently mocking ourselves or are friends are gone.
The city I grew up in had large populations of Italians, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. We were all friends and shared all the jokes about our culture usually with each group telling the most jokes about their own communities. We laughed together, had “a slice” together and washed it down with a beer or a glass of “vino.”
Today we politely have a glass of wine, or mug of beer, talk about the weather, play games on our cell phones or stare into space. So next time you are out with your friends, I say throw caution to the wind and tell a joke and make someone laugh…
Here…let me start…
A little boy was in a cemetery with his mother… “Mommy” the boy asked, “do they ever bury two people in the same grave?”
“Of course not, dear.” replied the mother,
“Why would you think that?”
“The tombstone back there said, Here lies a lawyer and an honest man.”
Till next week…