Nelson Mandela and Satire

It seems to me that in today’s world,  people who understand satire are an endangered species.

The late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa understood the value of satire, even when he was the target of it.

Here is the definition of satire.

“Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon and as a tool to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.”

Certainly, satire can be misused, but it is more often misunderstood. I generally preface the fact that I am being sarcastic or using satire in order to avoid having my head bitten off.

~Helena~

 

Important Questions for the E.U.

He poses some very important questions for the British government and the E.U.

As a U.S. citizen, the main thing I take away from this video is:

“Your government: whatever part of the world you’re in, those in power are more than happy to screw you six ways to Sunday.”

~Helena~

Anti Rape Protester Stabbed

I hope for the best for this brave young man. His life is in danger from vile thugs who want to maintain the status quo wherein they have power without question.

Kolkata: Kamduni was firmly back on the political sparring field on Sunday after the overnight attack on Bhaskar Mondal, president of the anti-rape forum Kamduni Pratibadi Mancha, reportedly by Trinamool Congress goons. The CPM and Congress sharply criticized the attempt to “muffle” the Kamduni protests, earning a sharper retort by state food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick. But what would probably be worse for the Trinamool Congress-led regime, the incident seems to have reignited the Kamduni embers.

I have added this link several hours later. This is not politically motivated but offers proof that there are men out there who are desperate to keep women subjugated. It is a similar mentality to a majority race wanting to keep minority races subjugated. These individuals feel threatened by the idea of second class citizens gaining equality and autonomy, and it can become dangerous for those people who dare to speak out against them.

The Problem With Celebrity Worship Part I: Everything Must Be Larger Than Life

It’s not that I have anything against this particular pair of people. I certainly hope that they are very happy together, particularly since they have children.

I’m using this video as an illustration of the ostentatious spectacle that everyday people come to desire because it is presented to them as being somehow superior to what ordinary people have. This is simply an example. One need only read a gossip magazine or watch any entertainment show to see examples of the “celebrities are better than us” mentality.

A lot of women grow up with the fairytale princess myth from the time we are very small. As we grow up, this myth is brought to life in stories about Hollywood romances. One imagines a wedding with famous, beautiful people in attendance where perhaps a famous singer or singers perform.

The reality never measures up to our hopes. It takes a great deal of money to accomplish a scenario such as is described in this video. There is an air of “you little people will never be this good” in this style of reporting.

I have found that by getting rid of television all together and not reading gossip magazines or going to celebrity-centered websites, I have lessened to a degree my dissatisfaction with my lot in life. I still stress about my lack of money, living paycheck to paycheck even though I make well above minimum wage, drive an old car, and live in a far from ostentatious home. At least I no longer continually feed myself with the idea that in order to measure up, I need to live like royalty or a star.

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