It’s healthy to laugh in COVID-19’s face this Halloween
Is there anything more absurdly incongruous than COVID-19?
Isn't there a place for a little gallows humor, which, "makes fun of a life-threatening, disastrous, or terrifying situation"?
Gallows humor is a stress-relieving mechanism used by people in very difficult jobs - such as medical professionals caring for so many people suffering from COVID-19.
Isn't there a place this Halloween for satire, which is, "trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly"?
Laughter is among our most powerful tools for surviving adverse circumstances. By laughing at COVID-19, we display our strength - we make it clear that we will overcome the difficulties it has imposed on us and will thrive again.
As I said, if we can't poke fun at COVID-19 on Halloween, when can we?
Tom Purcell, author of "Misadventures of a 1970's Childhood," a humorous memoir available at amazon.com, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. For info on using this column in your publication or website, contact Sales@cagle.com or call (805) 969-2829. Send comments to Tom at Tom@TomPurcell.com. Copyright 2020 Tom Purcell.Copyright 2020 Tom Purcell, All Rights Reserved. Credit: Cagle.com