Humor, Empathy, and Sex
Have you ever been accused by a conservative as being humorless and overly-serious? I know I have. While I’m no comic genius, I feel that I have a healthy sense of humor. After a few drinks, I’ll loosen up to the point where I could get on stage. I get a joke when it’s being told, and I laugh when it’s funny. I can tell if somebody is yankin’ my chain, and I yank back. But, I’ve noticed that the jokes that most conservatives tell are just not funny. Their “jokes” are mostly crafted as jabs or insults. They lack the basic foundations of joke telling.
I couldn’t put my finger on what conservatives were missing. Why couldn’t they tell a good joke? I was reading Fables of the Reconstruction this morning, and it hit me—their inability to be funny may be tied to their inability to empathize:
The key to successful humor, after all, is to be able to see things from other people’s perspectives – a liberal trait that conservatives deride variously as “relativism” or “objectively pro-terrorist”. So conservatives may have a genetic makeup that makes them less able to appreciate what’s funny, and consequently take themselves very seriously and see the world as a dour, threatening place, with all these other people having a good time and laughing – sometimes at them. This explains a lot, I think, and deserves further research.
Interesting. The most hilarious comedians have the ability to combine real life, irony, absurdity, and exaggeration into a well woven story. Their joke crafting skills are so acute because they are able to see life from the eyes of another.
Later in the morning, I read another story from TBogg, and I began to think that perhaps conservatives are just sexually deprived or inadequate?
And because Conservative men know that everyone is having more and better sex than they have ever had or will have because woman don’t find them attractive unless they have a million dollar radio deal and an endless supply of Hillbilly heroin to help deaden the humiliation of being humped for forty seconds by a huffing sweaty butt pustule, well, they start to lose their comedic edge.And when they find out that their sense of humor is deader than Bob Dole’s dick, they start invading countries instead of invading those sweet marshy swamplands to the south, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
If you’re liberal.
You know, there’s probably some truth to this. Conservatives fixate on controlling women, having large guns, asserting their authority, war, and driving large, fast vehicles.
It's strange that conservatives seem to have one or more of the following issues:
- they have magnified social phobias
- they fear foreigners
- they have never travelled too far from home
- they have sexual hangups
- they lack self-esteem
- they lack education
When you have too many of these things going on at one time, you lose your ability to empathize with others. Why? Perhaps it’s because you are so caught up in your own world that you cannot possibly imagine life from the perspective of others? Don’t ask me, I’m not a psychologist.
I know that there are conservative comedians out there, but as I go through the list of my favorites, I can’t think of one that could be defined as a true conservative. Can you?