I am generally proud of my work, and try and believe that what I do actually might contribute to the possibility of a better world – a better future. But, in the wake of the terror in Orlando, an event that is impossible to reconcile, it becomes a huge challenge to think positively or not be scared, even terrified – for ourselves, for our children, and beyond. But, rather than cry, worry, or simply pray for better, the best thing we can all do, is to dig deep, and support good people doing good things. We can use our voice and take action to make change. We can take care of business that does, in fact, create a world that we can feel safe in, and that we want to live in and enjoy, especially if we care enough to work together and for each other.
We know there’s a problem. And yet, why does it keep happening again and again?
— Lisa Borden (@LisaBorden) June 13, 2016
As Mark Twain said, “the human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” Imagine if that was actually true.
We love a good rant, and these segments from Samantha Bee and John Oliver (below), are brilliant – and should make you laugh, roll your eyes, see our reality, and hopefully make you want to do something about it. Our global love for humour, and the art of comedy allows us to approach sensitive, or even terrifying issues. Great comedians have the ability to guide us to consider the infrastructure of our daily lives, our society and how we interact with it all.
In the spirit of Mark Twain’s quote, how we feel right now, and how we choose to connect with, motivate and mobilize people, in person and virtually, we are sharing these comedic segments below. Spend the few minutes to watch, laugh – and pass on.
“Is it okay if, instead of making jokes, I just scream for seven minutes until we go to commercial?”
Thank you, Samantha Bee, for the eloquent reminder that, “Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to start fixing our f—ing problems…”
This is from the archives, but still relevant. While that’s sad, you will still laugh.
His recent show addressed the tragic events in Orlando, where Oliver shared a beautiful example of meaningful action: hundreds of people lining up around the block to donate blood, reminding us, “that this terrorist dipsh-t is vastly outnumbered”. This is a good reminder that everything we do matters, so let’s take meaningful, positive action together.