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Sarcasm ~

sarcasmI have heard it said that sarcasm is a low form of humor. Actually, it is and it isn’t, it takes a bit of sophistication to get into a sarcastic frame of mind, but it also takes thinking you are better than those at whom you aim your sarcasm. The sad thing about this form of humor is that it always aims to destroy something in the other person. Most of the time, it is aimed at the heart, at the feelings of the goat at which the arrow is pointed. For those who care nothing for the heart of others, this is not a problem.

Sarcasm can indeed be used to good purpose, and it is not my job to tell you when and garfield10where to utilize it’s capacity to sting. But, one must be careful, I have been guilty of using this weapon without thinking and virtually bringing someone to their knees. I will not say they did not have it coming, I did not even apologize when I realized how deeply I had stung this person, but I will tell you that when you are considered one who listens to Spirit, you might want to be careful when and whom you wound, for with sarcasm, you will always wound unless the other person is so on their guard, you couldn’t get to them without the use of a handgun.

I will say that the person I so  wounded was in the habit of using not only deeply sarcastic humor toward all in her path, she was inclined to throw herself at any man within range. I had hinted more than once that she had gone too far with others in our work group. She blithely ignored my warnings, so one day it just came out of my mouth, and the next thing I knew, she was on the floor weeping. I am not necessarily proud of that, I forget sometimes and those sorts of things will fly. I have tried for nearly 25 years, since I deeply peterlwounded a friend of good intent with a casual remark that I had not intended to be so wounding with. That remark nearly ruined our friendship. I have learned caution since that time, and still find myself wrestling with it occasionally. That is the danger of getting into the habit of thinking sarcastically.

I will repeat, it is a useful form of humor, especielly if you are working on one who thinks for some reason they are better than those around them, I am simply saying, be mindful of your tongue and pen , they are weapons in their own right. Just remember, the instructions from those we consider past masters, i.e., the Buddha and Y’shua, are to be kind.

Humor ~

oldchurchI spent most of my high school years in a little  church in a small town. I liked many of the other members of my youth group, and one of my mother’s best friends was an elder in that church. The Pastors that came and went were decent people whose main fault was that they took the Bible as a literal truth that must be practiced point by point. {The more I study this rich resrource, the more I find that is an impossibility. Onc can, without doubt or hesitation, most often follow the principles incited, but the literal obedience would have you stoning your  children to death for misbehavior. Perhaps a temptation, but never a possibility.}

I enjoyed that church, and the point of most of the sermons was learning to live a life that hermes1honors Creator. I had only one reservation in that church, and have heard from friends still there that it is better now. There was this hesitation regarding a sense of humor and the appropriateness of laughter because of some faulty translations in the Old Testament. I can be sure they are faulty because, though it is translated as laughter perhaps even appropriately, it is about a humor that hurts others. That is never right for those on a spiritual path.

However, there are places in the psalms that ring with joy, and one is encouraged to make that joyful noise before the Lord. It is impossible to have that kind of joy and not laugh and smile. In the reverse, no humor that makes it’s point through hurting the well-being of another, or taking power over another is part of that joy. In that joy, one cannot take delight in another’s sorrow or trouble, such a reaction to life is not possible when one resides so totally in the Spirit that one has that depth of joy.

Yeah, I kinda hammered that, sorry. But it is necessary to make that distinction. Especially for people like myself. I was reared by a man whose skill with sarcasm was razor edge sharp. I was capable of such wit that I could wound another with a few words. One day I had so wounded a dear friend with my sarcasm that I nearly ruined the friendship, and though she forgave me, it was a while before she could trust me not to hurt her again so deeply. I have only indulged in such repartee (since Spirit brought my shortcoming to my attention) when the person had so completely disregarded the well-being of others around them as to cry to be brought down. {I was more than happy to comply.} There is a time and place for all things, one must be mindful, however, that one will answer for every word that comes from one’s mouth, don’t wound the innocent or those who truly intend good, even when sorely tempted and the path laid out before you.

Just remeber, there is humor that wounds, not to be practiced by those who follow the Ruach Ha’Kodesh, and there is humor that heals, always appropriate, any time of night or day.

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