I do not know whether you’ve heard yet, or discovered it in the obituary columns, but banter has died.
The silly, challenging, comical, poking fun and sometimes nearly flirting with degrading conversations that friends once had with each other have been murdered because the movement of social media has deteriorated our interaction to, “please like me–or I hate you.”
Here is a startling statement: every piece of critique or even criticism is not necessarily meant to be confrontational.
I sometimes find myself joking with strangers in a grocery store, only to discover that they become alarmed if I even connote that they are anything short of divine.
Here’s what I know for sure–repentance is impossible if you already think you’re God.
If all your ways are righteous in your own eyes, then you will fail to realize that your emotional soul may be desperately in dissaray or on the verge of disintegration.
Introspection is what the human race requires to survive and to make sure that we don’t kill each other off.
And the best way to allow for introspection is to permit banter, which is a “safe zone,” where suggestions or ideas for discussion can be hatched without blatantly or viciously attacking another person.
Yes, long before I tell you that I think you’re an ass, I could have relieved some pressure by asserting that “even a monkey could learn how to change the toilet paper roll.”
We think we become more civilized by saying the right thing all the time, when all we’ve done is set up a situation for saying what we really feel–at the wrong time.
- I would much rather you would joke with me than insult me.
- I would prefer that you would poke fun at my foolishness instead of gossiping about me behind my back.
Banter is the gentle comedy we use to steer our friends in a different direction, so we don’t have to intervene … and constantly send them to rehab.
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From the toy shop to the manger, an advent calendar of Christmas stories, beginning on November 30th and ending on Christmas morning.
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