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So exactly what message does this bit of humour convey? That violence is ok if you laugh about it? Who told you this joke or where did you get it from? I dont think I quite get this one. If you ask me, I think I like Rabbi Lederman's jokes a little better.
I find this set of questions fascinating. Not so much because of what they ask, but what they say. I suppose a question is a window into the mind of the asker. It is a clue as to what they think, or what they wish to know. (Sorry if I am getting too deep, but it's Holy Thursday, there's no one around, and I don't have much to do.)
Let's look at this line by line:
So exactly what message does this bit of humour convey?
The fact that one would ask this question shows that one lacks the background to understand the joke. There is nothing wrong with that. We all are lacking in certain types of knowledge, and many jokes presuppose certain common understandings. For instance, I had a Puerto Rican roommate once who didn't find the Marx Brothers funny at all! He said, "What is so funny about this stupid guy who insults everbody?" I realized that he just didn't understand the humor. He lacked the necessary context.
That violence is ok if you laugh about it?
I wonder where Edward is coming from on this. Is he a pacifist that finds all violence distasteful, including self defense? Or does he find violence is sometimes necessary but does not believe it is something to ever laugh about. Does he find Tom and Jerry and The Roadrunner cartoons equally offensive? Or is it the ethnicity of the actors in this joke that offends him? Or could it be that he just didn't read the joke carefully enough to realize that the Israeli was acting in self defense and actually ends up saving the lives of the two American reporters? It is very hard to know why he finds this objectionable.
Who told you this joke or where did you get it from? I dont think I quite get this one.
This is the most hard to understand of all. Why does it matter who told it to me? Perhaps this is a search for context. He may be wondering if the person who told me this joke is someone who he would not like, in which case his negative reaction would be justified. Or maybe he would be someone who he would respect, in which case then he might have to question his own take on the joke.
If you ask me, I think I like Rabbi Lederman's jokes a little better.
Now we move from questions to a statement. This statement indicates that he likes another person's jokes better. Yet even here he hedges his bets a little by saying he likes the "a little" better. This could mean A) that if it turns out that the joke actually is a good one, he only liked Lederman's jokes slightly better, so he did not totally reject the humor, or B) he actually liked Lederman's joke "a lot" better, but in an effort to not be offense he inverts the adjective.
Anyway...I think I beat this horse to death. (Sorry if that violent image offends anyone out there. You never know...there might be a PETA supporter in the audience. Ha! I finally found a way to bring PETA into the guestbook. PETA. PETA. PETA. If I keep repeating it, maybe when someone is doing a search on PETA they will end up here.)
But what I am really getting to is that the middle east is like a kalaidascope. The images keep moving around and changing. They change even more the more you know. All kinds of strange combinations come up. And everyone sees it differently. Even the same person sees it differently as time goes on.
Visit Israel...Kalaidascope of God!
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 20.03.2008
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