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The purpose of dark humour is not to laugh at the plight of others, but to be aware of the sadness and injustices which persist and are ignored through activities preserving the status quo. Human suffering is ubiquitous, and humour is simply a lens for coping with the horrifying realities in our world. If you disagree, this page is probably not for you.
We all have aspirations and goals which may never come to fruition. Some involve death, unfortunately. Our hopes and dreams carry unforeseen consequences, and to ignore those consequences to put yourself, or others, at risk. The mountain climber perishes in the midst of pursuing their dreams: is this really a tragedy, or would the tragedy result from never even trying?
Religious institutions and motivations from around the world and throughout human history have generated lifetimes worth of suffering, and yet they still persist. Jokes on the nature of this reality may serve as an attempt to remove power from those who abuse it, and remind victims that they do not need to suffer in silence. Additionally, religious individuals aren’t usually fans of criticizing their own beliefs, and humour can act as a trojan horse to identify areas of theoretical weakness for further discussion. Respect and criticism are not mutually exclusive, and humour serves as an avenue for bringing these concepts together.
While the humour may arise from an unexpected result in the fourth pane, perhaps we are laughing at something more, like the delicacy of life or the sacrifices we make for children. Any wildlife documentary depicting cute bunnies being ripped apart by hawks demonstrates nature’s cruel indifference, and here the personification of death offers a way to come to terms with it all. The rabbit dies because the hawk needs to survive, but an infant passing from SIDS is nonsensical to a new parent. There may be no reason ‘why’, but our brains are built to find one for a sense of closure. Plans to create new life are filled with expectations, also demonstrated in the fourth pane. A parent’s hope that a child will turn out in some way is to vicariously live again, and when one’s immortality is challenged, we are again reminded of our own inevitable death, and perhaps the meaninglessness of life.
Gun violence in schools is the direct result of lax gun control measures, and yet somehow this is still up for debate in the US. Sarcasm aside, how are we to deal with this? Wait for the next tragedy or perhaps find alternative ways to remind law makers and NRA supporters that this shouldn’t even be a fucking issue? The latest attempts to address this, like the suggestion of arming teachers, are merely bandaid solutions, and essentially spit in the faces of victims and their families. These “solutions” are the real jokes: how are we supposed to protect others when the source of the problem is not fixed? The cognitive dissonance is so fraught with insanity that the only thing we can do is laugh at their attempts of justification.
Human Resources does not exist for humans, it exist for companies. It aims to protect corporate liability in a court of law, acting as an algorithm for dealing with claims made in the workplace. They aren’t designed to assist workers, but to silence the individuals and protect the corporate image. If Harvey Weinstein was hiring, the question would be a rhetorical joke.