Perhaps an appropriate topic for a Friday, humor day around here. Not telling jokes so much, but talking about
jokes, the COVID-19 kind.
Some people are posting COVID-19-based jokes on the web all the time now. But in a pandemic world, would it not seem more than a little tasteless, even shocking, to venture into such humor? Poking fun at the pandemic's numerous, frightening aspects? Shall we make jokes about
something that is killing people?
And if ever there was an embodiment of dark humor, joking about
COVID-19 would be it.
But in fact, there already is a good bit
of humor out there about
full of results, jokes and humor about
But why? Why would joking about
a terrible thing such as COVID-19 even have a place in our minds at this time, or at least in the minds of some?
There have been numerous studies on this topic, as to why joking about
a serious threat can have a positive effect on our view of the situation. For example, here are some observations on the role of humor in helping us deal with life's assaults:https://www.mindingtherapy.com/the-psychology-of-humor/
Some insightful quotes from this link:" ... Humor is one of the most serious tools we have for dealing with impossible situations."
and"Comedy is defiance. It’s a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it’s the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale."
Laughing at a menace does not mean we are unsympathetic to those suffering from it. Or that we are ignorant of its power. On the contrary, as suggested, perhaps it's a way of our saying to the thing: "You won't cripple me with fear. I can deal with what you're throwing at me, even if it's just by laughing at you!"
So perhaps that's what's really behind COVID-19 humor, humor such as this, which I saw recently on a newspaper website for a city in my state:https://www.jacksonville.com/photogallery/lk/20200320/photogallery/320009995/ph/1
So while, yes, there is a dark shadow behind each of those jokes, there is still, as well, a feeling they produce within us that is saying: we can overcome this thing! We can win!
So perhaps humor really is our way of saying to the threat: "To h*ll with you! I've got this situation, and whatever you do, you won't break my spirit!"