Monday, August 10, 2015

To Avoid Sarcasm

Sincerity lends a quality of loveliness
to the countenance that nothing else can duplicate.

Our English word sarcasm derives from the Greek word sarkasmos, which means "to strip off the flesh".  Although originally it indicated a sharp and cutting remark intended to wound, today what we call sarcasm often involves mock praise or irony.  Women are frequently sarcastic in an attempt to be clever and witty. 

In the world of rhetoric, sarcasm can be effective in condemning social and political agendas.  But in interpersonal relations, sarcasm often creates walls that distance.  It is sincerity that builds bridges that encourage others to open their hearts and nurture meaningful relationships.

Sarcasm makes a woman like a porcupine:  the porcupine's sharp barbs may be impressive, but one doesn't wish to get too near.  For this reason, a true lady avoids sarcasm, and speaks sincerely.

Principle:  A lady avoids sarcasm.

Art:  Portrait of a Young Girl with Cherries, Charles Amable Lenoir