Sarcasm- a weapon or a crutch?

SARCASM is the theme for this weeks prompt.



Often the weapon of the weak

Or those who are tired, angry, defeated

Some are cowardly who find refuge behind sarcasm

While others think it’s great that they can get away

With saying things that they can’t say earnestly

Sometimes, it can make a few people laugh

Turn hopelessness into a joke so it’s easy to bear

Choose your words wisely, for once uttered they can’t be taken back

Do onto others what you would like for yourself

I found this quote on another blogger’s site and thought it just perfect for this post!


Written in response to RXC; PROMPT #269, hosted by Reena



69 thoughts on “Sarcasm- a weapon or a crutch?

  1. I find it interesting how many people see sarcasm as a sign of strength. As you point out, it is often a sign of weakness… And I find it odd that it is often said in a tone of superiority (Only I can see the truth) while in truth those people use it because they can’t make a fact based argument for their own point of view so they resort to belittling others’. Anyway, I do feel sarcasm has its place, it is just so often weaponized.

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  2. Excellent post Sadje with well chosen quotes! 👏👏👌👌😁😁 Particularly Kahlil Gibran’s which is incredibly profound! 🤔🤔 It definitely can be used as both weapon & crutch! 💯👍

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  3. Dear Sadje,
    Weakness and negativity are in the ‘eye’ of the beholder.
    You’re so right about treating others the way you want to be treated. What happens when the ‘sensitivity’ of select others varies from your own?
    Should one ‘be true to herself’ or walk on eggshells trying to ‘guess’ (or feel responsible for) what everyone else wants?
    Seems to me that our behaviors don’t follow a single definition of ‘decency’ and I’m left wonder why so many people think their personal definition needs to apply to the whole world. 😀

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    1. There are things that are offensive to everyone, like making one person the target of your jokes. While other things may vary from person to person. I believe if we notice that someone is getting hurt by our actions, we should stop immediately.

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        1. I think that most humans have in-built sensor of right and wrong. And most know what’s wrong, even if they are doing it. It is up to all of us to know what we want to do as regarding our social behavior. If what I say hurts another, I shouldn’t do it.


          1. I know you mean well. There’s a thread of truth in your words because I feel most people are decent but… they idea that no one ‘deserves’ ridicule and everyone can complain about feeling ‘hurt’ and insist everyone else bow to their either sensitive ‘real’ or feigned

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            1. Here’s the rest:
              … injury is ludicrous IMHO. Once someone attributes human ‘right and wrong’, others should know better, and anything that they hope to make valid from a ‘most people think’ platform rather than an ‘I think’ position (which everyone has a right to) then they’re stepping beyond opinion and into an arrogant totalitarian mudslide. It’s an (in your case) unknowingly unfortunate slippery slope of intolerance IMHO. ❤ Cheers!


              1. I’m not completely getting your point here Susan. If you are talking about intolerance at a societal level, I agree that people as a community have become too ‘sensitive’ banning books and restricting basic human rights because ‘they’ think it should be so. My post just stated that if a person doesn’t find it good or pleasant to be the target of someone else’s sarcasm, we should NOT indulge in it.


                1. Would your universal ‘goodness’ apply to ridicule of Putin or a child sex trafficker? I’m sure they have feelings. Everyone, no matter who they are, or what they’ve done should not be ridiculed?
                  You see what ‘blanket’ courtesy gets out of hand and comes down to personal senses of right and wrong? Great discussion. Hope I didn’t hurt your feelings. 😘

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                    1. Good point. Here’s another one to chew on. When you say “we” does that still mean your proverbial “most people”?
                      If so, might we find instances in history when there were “most people” who were doing terrible things? Might anyone using “most people” as validation for their viewpoint want to be more careful about adopting that position?
                      I think talking about personal sensibilities among good people, the most legitimate way is to present ‘What the individual thinks.” and leave “What’s good or right for everyone.” alone. It sounds too self righteous to my ears. But, that’s just my own opinion because I don’t pretend to know what everyone thinks. 😉

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  4. I think there is a place for sarcastic humor. To me one has to have some education to use the right words for a sarcastic joke or reference. But sarcasim should not be used for putting someone down directly. I think there is a right and wrong way to use words. Most current comics in the news papers as well as comedians use sarcastic humor – I think to edcuate. One might think something is funny, but it is actually quite serious and might spark sympathy or good action. Like buying a home; location, location, location. Sarcasim can be a tool. We all need to be careful about what we say and how we say it. But we shouldn’t be afraid to laugh, especially at ourselves.

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    1. I agree with you my friend that we should learn to laugh at ourselves. And making a joke based on sarcasm is funny too. But people shouldn’t be the target of sarcastic comments as it might seem like we are belittling them

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  5. “Do unto others what you would like for yourself”…such a simple concept that doesn’t seem to come easily to some people. Wonderful take on this prompt, Sadje, and thank you for the reminder to be kind 💞💞💞

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