Friday, November 9, 2012

In defense of sarcasm


Sarcasm is an underappreciated art, especially in less economically developed communities. It may even be equated with bad manners.

Being a very sarcastic person, I would like to defend myself, and even go so far as to claim that without sarcasm, or the forces that manifest as sarcasm, there would be no progress in anything, at all.


Breaking preconceptions, constantly

The abstraction of a status quo is based on a fixed, ‘objective’ view of the world, where no variation exists between my perception of a thing, and another’s. Words have their set meanings, and could not go beyond these.

Sarcasm destroys this arrangement. I can use the very words associated with happiness and agreeableness, to express the opposite sense. And all this is done by a change of tone and emphasis, in so subtle a manner as to make analysis difficult or pointless.

Actually, the wonders of sarcasm and its ability to expand perspectives and meanings, can be attributed to humor in general. Sarcasm is simply my weapon of choice in this regard, in its emphasis on wicked destruction.


Sarcasm in enterprise

In a sense, successful entrepreneurs, acting as agents in the disrupting of economic equilibrium in anticipation of a flux in economic preferences, are masters of sarcasm. The significance of any specific economic good or service is constantly rendered novel when capital is redirected under the tutelage of the entrepreneur.

A capital wielder who surrenders to ‘the way things are’ without regard to the future, renders himself less and less relevant, in favor of those whose conceptions of a product are more dynamic and society-oriented.


It’s everywhere and everything

Sarcasm has its parallels all around us: in music, martial arts, technology — even in humor itself. God knows that ancient humorists are boring in this day and age, and we are glad that they are dead in their lameness.

All that is not new or continually relevant is fair game in this world. Without sarcasm, there is no life to speak of. You can tell a person’s education (in life that is, not ‘enlightenment’ derived from university), or their will to live for that matter, by how receptive they are to sarcasm or how sarcastic they are themselves.  


Conclusion

This article is entirely pointless of course. You’re either sarcastic, or aren’t, and the only thing that can change the latter is death.

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