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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


That’s Funny? – 21 July 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

It’s been said that what a person considers funny tells something about his or her character. Well, judging from the content of some of the comedies that have a loyal following, there must be an awful lot of creeps around. But this is nothing new. Sadism has always been popular entertainment with people of all classes.

I remember when I was in junior high school how two girls from “better” families (one was a dentist’s daughter and the other the daughter of a prominent businessman) laughed at an injured dog dying in the gutter near our school. Another time, during a class film about the French Revolution, these girls thought the guillotine execution scene was hilarious! The appreciation of cruelty is not confined to males.

It’s disgusting to see birds being thrown against the wall or on the floor as part of a “comedy.” And when the bird in the story line is meant to be alive, it makes no difference if the bird used on film is already dead and stuffed. No wonder sadism is alive and well and being passed on to the next generation!

The inconsistency of the public is mind-boggling: People ooh and aah (How sweet! How adorable!) over the news of one injured race horse’s recovery, or of baby pandas confined in a zoo, while laughing at staged atrocities, gobbling down the products of horrendous animal abuse, and wearing the ubiquitous leather. They buy jackets trimmed with fur from cats and dogs sadistically skinned alive by laughing, joking workers.

And people wonder why there is so much violence in the world?  

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