Sometimes it seems like sarcasm has been elevated to a spiritual gift. Some conversations are filled with spars and jabs that would impress a heavyweight fighter.
Sarcasm can actually be a form of showing affection. When we’re young, the boys pick on the girls that we like. When we’re older, we make fun of our friends to show how important they are to us.
Sarcasm can also be a form of intelligence. It can be used to communicate truths that may otherwise be unpalatable or unacceptable. A corrective rebuke from someone who cares about us can feel softer when said in jest.
I used to really enjoy sarcastic bantering. It was fun to “spar” with others and see who “won”. But, I have to confess that I’ve grown tired of sarcasm…because of the widespread inability to stop before boundaries get crossed. Too many people have lost the ability to be respectful of other people. More and more often, the “one-up-man-ship” games have turned into personal attacks on others.
So, I’ve quit….mostly…
How about you? Do you cross boundaries in your sarcasm with others?
Thanks for listening.