The Right to Humor: A Nonkilling View

by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist and human rights educator from Recife, Brazil

In English, there are some verbs beginning with an L
about Humankind much information they can tell
For instance: we Live, Love, Learn, Look and Listen
and Laugh, when told funny stories that glisten

Of causing amusement, Humankind may share the quality
Incongruities and peculiarities in acts we can perceive
and we can describe such traits as types of absurdity
but how wholesome is the humor we create or receive?

Sad to say: humor can be used in many-a-violent way
to deride, make fun, ridicule, insult, and humiliate
and stereotyping is often conveyed through word play
causing human communicative harmony to debilitate

The human right to Dignity in Humor seriously we should take
when in our interactions, humorous, cutting remarks we prefer
people with physical problems the butt of our jokes me make
and contemptuosly, to those persons we dehumanizingly refer

Yes, our communicative health can be impaired
when the jokes we tell/hear/read that are called “sick”
How can such cruel forms of humor be repaired?
By ensuring that one`s Nonkilling Heart permanently tick

(received November 11, 2010)

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