I rather like the Mormonad in the New Era this month. Its message is one that I wish more people (not just teenagers) would take to heart. The picture in the Mormonad shows a young boy and a teenage boy walking off of a soccer field. Presumably the younger boy has lost the game or played badly, but the older boy is putting his arm on the younger boy’s shoulder to comfort him rather than ridicule him.
Far too often we see people putting others down in order to build themselves up or just to be mean. There seems to be an entire genre of humor centered around clever, sardonic ridicule, and much of the Internet seems to thrive on it. I suppose politicians and other public figures are fair game (they asked for it, right?), but we should be aware of how our put-downs actually diminish our own stature.
For a good article on this topic, read “Is Anyone Laughing” in last February’s New Era.