Seriously now, folks.

The other day, a friend of mine posted a rather humorous item titled “Religious Truths” on Facebook along with the disclaimer: “I hope nobody will be offended by this post, which is only a joke.” The first thought that struck me was: what has this world come to when we have to hope that nobody’s going to be offended by a joke? The second thought was: what has this world come to when we have to inform people that a joke is “only” a joke? What’s the matter: aren’t jokes serious business?

The growth of seriousness in today’s society is no joking matter. Let me put it another way: the increasing lack of a sense of humor among people is a problem that needs to be taken very seriously.

If not, then the consequences could be deadly. Just look at what happened in Paris today: a deadly serious attack was committed against twelve satirists. There’s nothing more offensive than terrorism committed against humor, in my mind, because the freedom to laugh is the freedom I cherish most. The freedom to boldly laugh out loud where no man has laughed before.

Vive l’humour.

[Disclaimer: the above text is a serious piece of writing that exclusively expresses the opinions of this blogger, and nobody else. It is in no way whatsoever intended to be humorous, funny or sarcastic. If anyone is offended by my seriousness, please call 1-800-FUCK-OFF. Operators are standing by now.]

courtesy newyorker.com

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona and teach at CIEE, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

3 comments

  1. Do you feel the same way about rape humour, or the anti-Semitic cartoons published in Der Sturmer?

  2. Rafael Gomez-Moriana

    Matthew, I feel that anyone should have the right to say whatever they want. That includes the right to criticize whatever someone has said or done. If that has to mean that cretins, idiots, racists, sexists, homophobes, bigots, rednecks, or even white European secular liberals should have the right to make racist, homophobic, sexist, or other kinds of despicable jokes, then so be it. I’d rather put up with bad taste than with totalitarianism.

  3. Rafael Gomez-Moriana

    Matthew, I do hope you realize what it means for an *architect* to say that they would rather put up with bad taste than with totalitarianism!

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