Let’s face it -- sarcasm is not helpful in communication. We may think it is funny - but sarcasm tends to hurt people’s feelings.
Sarcasm is really criticism. Here’s what President Gordon B. Hinckley of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said about this in 1994.
There is too much fruitless, carping criticism of America. I know that for some the times are dark. There have been dark days in every nation.
I would like to repeat the words of Winston Churchill spoken when bombs were dropping on London. The German juggernaut had overrun Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, and Russia. All of Europe was in the dread grasp of tyranny, and England was to be next. In that dangerous and desperate time, when the hearts of many were failing, this great Englishman said, and I quote—and I remember hearing these words on the radio at the time: Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days—the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race. [Address at Harrow School, 29 October 1941]
Let’s use words that create optimism and hope. Our viewpoint matters!