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~