The importance of being earnest

The author of that article does not support the common understanding that one should not joke on important issues in order not to be offensive to some  individual or a group of individuals.

On the contrary, jokes should be made on everything. Sarcasm, “the bastard stepchild of irony”, is a healthy way to communicate and get along with others.  Especially after one finds out that all the people are actually one species.

For sure, showing the difference(s) among ourselves seems really important, otherwise national states would die out (hmm, it doesn’t sound so bad after all).
Therefore the idea of identity based on nationality, on religion, on hair-colour continues to be supported from each institution imaginable (not only state institutions).

However, people just live together, more or less peacefully and somehow manage to survive despite the huge differences each nation/ethnic/religious etc. group has and keeps nurturing.

To get to know themselves better, people create stereotypes. Usually stereotypes have less to do with the real situation. Nevertheless, they work perfectly  when one has to deal with people (obviously SO different) and one hasn’t got a clue how to (re)act.

In the light of the previously written,
considering the “important” differences between people,
stressing the importance of not being too serious due to shortness of existence,
welcoming international exchange meetings,
the author gathers (from all over the world wide web) stereotype-jokes about nations present  at this year’s conference  and offers it to the willing-to-join-in-not-being-too-serous-people.

In the following 4 more PARTs to come, jokes will be made on:

1. PART II. The Balkans (Bulgaria and Romania) – “WATCH!THINGS GET STOLEN”

2. PART III.  Central Europe (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic) – “Central Europe? Now, that’s upper class history!”

3. PART IV. The NORTH and the SOUTH (Estonia, Portugal)

4. PART V. The Hosts (Germany, European Union)

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