I’ve had a few experiences lately with seeing the destructive reality of using sarcasm in our daily speech.
When I was teenager, sarcasm was king! It meant you were in “the know” you understood the subtle undertones of snarky (now that word hadn’t been born yet, but it’s a dandy isn’t it?) teen talk. It also meant you weren’t a “goodie goodie” heaven forbid.
But really, sarcasm is victim talk.
It’s a, here’s-to-everything-wrong-with-the-world cheer.
It’s cutting and wretched and devoid of hope and positivity.
So I challenge you to cut it out. Out of your casual speech and out of your thinking.
Is this how you want to be remembered? From Greek, sarkasmos, “to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, gnash teeth, speak bitterly?”
Sounds pretty violent, and you know it surely can be if you’ve ever been the brunt of sarcastic remarks.
But it’s especially wounding to those innocents who are not privy to such derision (ridicule, mockery) and deceit.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been on the receiving end of several sarcastic comments, and it has reminded me that I never want to give someone the potentially hurtful sting that sarcastic comments deliver.
Beyond comments that are directed at someone in particular, sarcasm is equally as destructive in the general sense. Even if we are talking about a large group of people or an incident or commenting on someone else’s beliefs or habits, sarcasm adds foul blackness to the air and calls in darkness rather than inviting greater light.
If you are accustomed to using sarcasm in your communications, (I know I can do better), it may take deliberate practice or asking someone close to you to bring it to your attention when you slip into sarcastic speech. But it is worth our best efforts. Being trustworthy pays direct dividends to all our relationships.
I wish you all the best this wintry night.