With so much despair in the world, maybe a little humour can help … a bit!

So many events in the world are tearing us apart. I’ll get to what I hope will bring you a few laughs, but first I need to unburden myself of some  of what’s causing my despair.  This is, sadly, hardly a complete list.

The current state of the world has us wondering about the competence – and compassion – of too many political leaders.

  • Some political leaders apparently believe it is perfectly acceptable to invade another country and bomb them into oblivion – to free them from the tyranny of being free.
  • Some political leaders believe that guns don’t kill people, people kill people, so everyone should be able to – in fact, encouraged to – own a semi-automatic weapon. What the heck, buy as many as you want; I’m sure that’s just what the Founding Fathers had in mind 234 years ago.  Now, had those most recent victims been those politicians’ kids or parents, would that change anything?
  • Some political leaders apparently believe that there is no such thing as systemic racism. Pardon my language, but what the f**k?!  Just ask anyone at all who does not look White – anyone of any other “race”, regardless of their age, gender, or religion – what their experience has been.  Racism exists, systemic and otherwise.  It is a stain on our humanity; racism should be being addressed by our leaders at every turn, with every means possible. We’re all part of the human race.
  • Some political leaders apparently believe that we have all the time in the world to address climate change, if it even exists. All the while we Homo Sapiens continue to destroy our planet. God help us.
  • Some political leaders apparently believe that women should carry a fetus to term – for 9 long months – even if they’ve been raped. The mind boggles.  Or carry a fetus to term that is known to have absolutely no possibility of viability outside the womb, such as a fetus missing vital organs – or a brain stem.  Be forced to carry a baby for 9 months that you know is going to die as soon as it’s born – or after costing hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in medical bills to keep it alive for a few weeks.  Just how bloody cruel can these self-righteous “leaders” be?  There are no words.

OK, I’ve gotten some of my despair off my chest for the time being.  Sorry about that.  Deep breaths. Let’s see if a little humour can help lighten the mood.  There’s more where these come from.  (Thanks to Marilyn for most of these.)









There, do you feel any better?  Do you have a favourite? 🙂

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36 Responses to With so much despair in the world, maybe a little humour can help … a bit!

  1. iidorun says:

    Thanks for this post, Jane! It definitely resonates with me – I feel so mired in the yuckiness of everything happening! The laughs were needed!

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Irma, it’s so good to “see” you online. I hope you and your family have been finding some respite from the darkest days of the pandemic. It seems that we’re all desperate for some lightening of the spirit these days. Stay tuned, I have more saved up!

  2. barryh says:

    What are these politicians on, that give rise to these inhuman and bizarre views? Blind self interest and empathy-free abstraction? Still, some good laughs give a counterweight…

    • Jane Fritz says:

      These bizarre policies, especially taken to increasingly extreme positions, are totally incomprehensible. It’s kind of like a “I can be more ultra-conservative/libertarian than you can” competition. 😥

  3. heimdalco says:

    They are ALL my favorites. It is good to laugh. I’m working on a club newsletter right now & am calling it the “Laughter is the Best Medicine” issue. I’ve gotten some wonderful submissions including pictures. We all need the laughter release.

    The list of things that are bothering you are the same that are bothering me, keeping me awake at night, making me cry a lot when I watch TV. It’s a no-brainer that the pervasive theme running through your list is POLITICIANS. A very southern friend of mine told me, “The water won’t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.” My translation of that for all of us is VOTE. Those hogs aren’t coming out of the creek by themselves.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Linda, I agree completely, laughter is the best medicine, or at least one of the best! You’re right, getting the vote out is critical. If people don’t see themselves as part of the solution, or have lost so much faith in the “system”, then they lose faith in the voting process. But that is the bedrock of democracy. Everyone gets a vote; they need to use it … and use it wisely!

      • heimdalco says:

        I’m praying that people will VOTE & make a difference THIS time. Another shooting today at a Tulsa, OK hospital. 3 dead & the shooter killed himself, making it 4. We don’t get past one here before there’s another. My heart weeps

        • Jane Fritz says:

          I think there’s a chance that voters really will go to the polls – and for the right reasons – after all this. 🤞🤞🤞🙏🙏

  4. Linda Sprague says:

    Thanks Jane!! Don’t we all need a bit of levity every day?!

    • Jane Fritz says:

      We sure do! And I gave myself some more smiles last night listening to your SIL and those other two fine fellows (!) singing When It Comes My Turn on YouTube. Always brings big smiles.

  5. Brigitte Maicher says:

    Thank you Jane, just what we needed this morning. The refrigerator shrinking my clothes was on top. Probably says something about my current focus when I try not to think about the world.

  6. I share your worries, and I thank you for the cartoons today. Keep them coming!

  7. Dr. John Persico Jr. says:

    Humor is a great way to take a break from the world’s endless problems. Thanks for sharing a bit of laughter and sunshine on a dark dreary week. Very funny comments and comics. John

  8. Iman Lily says:

    Hahaha laughed so hard 😁😄 a well-needed post

  9. Bernie says:

    My favourite — cause its true. The laundry is always there for us. To keep us grounded? So much despair around the world. It’s like the Billy Joel song “The World is Burning”. On a personal level I need to turn to humor more. Bernie

    • Jane Fritz says:

      I love that idea that the laundry is always there for us! Mind you, dust seems to always be there for me as well, but I don’t find it that funny! Keep humour in your life, Bernie. It’s the best tonic we have.

  10. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    Angst and humour!

  11. Thanks for the message and the antidote!!! I love the fairy tale and getting out of bed. It certainly is getting more difficult to stay positive with all the current angst plus the aging factor. I just made a very difficult decision to decline a wilderness whitewater trip in the far North based on declining abilities and desire from age, darn! But I try to stay positive and will go for a nice long (an hour) walk in the sunshine and play golf 4 times a week!

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Wayne, I’m sorry to have to agree with your reluctant decision, even if I do have a few days years on you! Fortunately, you don’t let grass grow under your feet, so no regrets. Think of the golf you’d be missing! 😊

  12. Wynne Leon says:

    Great list of what is making you feel despair. You helped me name the cloud floating over me! And I love the humor. Especially “I thought the dryer made my clothes shrink. Turns out it was the refrigerator!”

  13. Definitely a salve for our pain at the moment, Jane. My favorite is that woman talking to the fake hands holding the newspaper! – Marty

  14. debscarey says:

    The tattoo one wins without a doubt! I was briefly inspired to get one – on the front of my foot winding up my big toe. I was told there was so little flesh there it would likely hurt. I chickened out. I still like the idea but anaesthetic for a tattoo would be absurd! 😉

  15. margiran says:

    Yes, yes, yes, yes and ‘oh yes’ to your despairing points Jane!
    I’ll pick the first humorous one. We’re told to choose different passwords for everything – they must be joking, I can just about remember two and sometimes forget which go where! 🤔😄

    • Jane Fritz says:

      I know, eh?! But the idea of storing your passwords in “the cloud” still makes me nervous. That “cloud” sure holds a lot of our personal info.

  16. Inkplume says:

    These are just what the doctor ordered – thanks!

  17. Hard times right now. Easy to get discouraged. My favorite is the one about the inspiration for getting up in the morning. Oh, yes!

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