"Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, 'I am only joking!'"
This proverb from today's reading reminds me of sarcasm. I hate sarcasm for three reasons. First, I do not appreciate it when others are sarcastic with me. Second, I tend to use sarcasm, and I know other people don't (or shouldn't) appreciate it from me. Third, it is wrong and immature.
The definition of "sarcasm" isn't pretty, but, practically, what does it look like? I know that I typically use it when I may be less than happy about something, but I can't say so directly, so I say something I don't really mean in order to vent my unspoken emotion. How often have I said, "I am just joking?"
I say things that could be hurtful -- or at least unhelpful -- and then think I can make it all better because it was all a deceit; "I was only joking!"
My One Thing: Don't hurt others with sarcasm. Be honest and make sure your jokes are funny for everyone.