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Subjectively Objective: A Sarcastic Generation

Nathan PorterSeeing the oppressive supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, meet with former NBA star Dennis Rodman last week was such a pleasant sight.

I’m being sarcastic, of course.

The meeting and subsequent friendship between Rodman and the North Korean dictator seemed weird, random, spiteful and outright disturbing.

Since Rodman first became a prominent figure in the early ‘90s, he’s been known more for rebounds, tattoos and wedding dresses than international politics. But for some reason, Un felt it necessary that Rodman be the Kim Jung Un is an intriguing man; it’s been said that he’s a big fan of the NBA and American entertainment.

These interests, however, coupled with his expressed interest in taking nuclear actions against the United States makes one wonder why Un would choose the oddly eccentric ‘90s basketball star to be his American bestie.

I certainly don’t confess to knowing what the dictator meant by this gesture, but if I had to guess, I would assume that he was merely being sarcastic.

If this is true, Kim Jung Un shares a quality with most young Americans.

Generation Y may not be the most informed generation in America’s history, but we definitely are the most sarcastic.

Sarcasm gives individuals the freedom and comfort to partially say what they want to say, and not be directly responsible for the implications of the words spoken.

While this may create a funnier society, it certainly doesn’t create a more productive one.

The world is currently bombarded with issues such as political corruption, corporate interest, religious intolerance, racial bigotry, disparaging education, societal materialism and a slew of other unrelenting parasites.

While previous generations believed that the solution to overcoming these problems was to revolt, protest and fight against them, we members of generation Y have concluded that the solution is merely to mock them.

We mock our president and political leaders on sketch shows, we post humorous memes on the internet, we indirectly taunt teachers in classrooms and we tweet satirical met with since remarks during sermons.

Some individuals argue that sarcasm displays our willingness to find joy in the midst of serious situations, which is admirable. However, I believe that sarcasm displays our unwillingness to actively work toward solving those serious situations, which is cowardly.

But I could be wrong. There’s a time to laugh just as there’s a time to cry, and who knows—this point in history may be the time when humanity needs to exercise our jovial muscles. Years down the line, we may see the therapeutic benefits of satire.

Still though, it seems that every humorous complaint and witty criticism we utter is merely our subtle attempt to cry out for cosmic validation.

And in our youthful pride, it may seem as if God says to us, “Indeed, thou art the greatest generation.”

Don’t be surprised though, if He’s merely being sarcastic.

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