I was blessed to be published over at Crisis Magazine this week!
So, why the cultural tendency to sarcasm? Part of it probably has to do with the tremendous polarization of society and how easily we can dismiss “them”—whoever disagrees with us—with a wry smile, a snorting “OMG so true,” a hashtag, or a Buzzfeed list. It’s psychologically comfortable to reduce someone else’s opinion to a sardonic image and half a sentence (not always inaccurate)—because it excuses us from actually engaging them. And it can be all too easy to let what should be a passing wry laugh become a permanent cynical mindset.