I loved satire even before I knew that using humor to draw attention to serious issues was called satire.
In my lifetime I have learned more about the world through humor than all other news sources combined.
Johnny Carson, David Letterman, PJ O’Rourke, Dave Barry, Stephen Colbert, George Carlin, The Onion…these are my most trusted sources of information. The first time I saw The Daily Show (going way back to the days before Jon Stewart was the host) I thought it had been created specifically for me.
For many years I hid this fact from almost everybody I knew for fear of being seen as uneducated, uninformed or just a clown who pretended to know what was happening in the world.
Second to the comics, my favorite part of the newspaper has always been the political cartoons.
That’s why the Charlie Hebdo massacre disturbs me so much.
I just can’t fathom a hatred deep enough to justify murder – and in my opinion this was nothing more than murder. Nor can I imagine killing somebody because they dared poke fun at my religious or political views.
I don’t have anything profound to add to the trillions of bytes already shared regarding this tragedy.
I remember, as a child, listening to my grandfather talk about the state of the world (Vietnam, Nixon, hippies, Russia, etc). According to him, we were on the fast track to self-destruction.
I can’t imagine what he would say today – and I wonder if my own granddaughter will be saying the same thing about me 50 years from now.
To tell the truth – I hope she is – because at least that will mean that we didn’t destroy ourselves in the post 9-11 lunacy that had her grandfather so concerned.