Here is a good definition of ridicule.
“The act of using words, gestures,
images, or other products of expression
to evoke laughter or contemptuous
feelings regarding a person or thing.”
American Heritage Dictionary.
I ask you. is there ever an occasion where a
good thinking, highly sentient, honest person
should use ridicule as a tool or for any reason?
At first glance it seems one would lower ones
self considerably by engaging in such unsophisticated simple minded discourse.Even non – Christians seem to believe Jesus was honest and straight forward.
Here is Jesus engaging in, lets say, righteous ridicule.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matthew 23:13
This is ridicule. Why would Jesus lower himself to engage in ridicule? Is there anything
honest and straight forward he could say or do to change their behavior? No, absolutely
nothing. Debating them would gain nothing. They were not truth seekers. They were the
kind who would say or do anything to get what they want.
Given our leadership today, would they do or would they say anything to get their way? If
you are not in an honest discussion then there is no point in presenting a gentlemanly
argument. Is it a fight or an academic argument?
The fact is that our leaders are sociopaths and really not really trying to do the right
thing. They just appear to be doing so.
Remember “Lets Go Brandon.” How effective was the use of “F… Joe Biden on that
particular occasion. “Lets Go Brandon.” probably accomplished more for opponents of Joe Biden than all of the honest conversation about his liabilities since 2020.
So, when does it make sense to use ridicule? Ridicule is to a sociopath like kryptonite is
to Superman. It is said that a sociopath has no conscience. They do have something that
serves like a conscience. A sociopath is highly sensitive to how he comes across to
others. Being ill thought – of is definitely something for a sociopath to completely avoid.
What if a sociopath found himself to be ill thought – of? He would retool and present
himself in a different way.
arsenal. And…. winning is all that can be accomplished. There will not be any
understanding generated anyway. I suppose “Lets Go Brandon” came and went, but
that one thing accomplished more than polite conversation has in two years.