I found this little beauty while researching satire:
A KGB Officer goes twice to a man’s door asking if Rabinovich lives there. Each time the man tells him NO;
A postcard of the Russian Revolutions of 1917
The third time, the KGB Officer arrives with a photo, which he holds up, saying, “This is Rabinovich and it is a picture of you; why did you tell me you didn’t live here?”
To which Rabinovich replies, “This, you call living?”
“J” is for Joke
…a long bow I know but I wanted something lighter today.
I found it in a footnote from “Humor, hostility and the psycho-dynamics of satire” by Susan Isabel Stein. Literature and Psychology 2000. Vol.46, Issue 4, while researching for the post Satire it just isn’t funny
Revolutionaries see only the end state. Their minds are rarely big enough to see how the people they hope to save cannot reach this place alone. They have to be carried. It’s like a parable my father once told me about how Jesus carried a man through his most difficult times. We have to be the people’s Jesus if we want them to make it safely from where they have been to where we want them to be.
– The reaction from one of my characters when he sees the devastation inflicted upon the Russian people in the 1920’s.