It is a difficult concept.
Heaven save us from politicians who genuinely can’t laugh at themselves.
Mr. Obama skeers me, too, and I ain’t easily skeered.
But they’s a balance that oughter be struck. I reckon Mr. Biden don’t have no problem laughin’ at hisself. Trouble is, the whole world has no problem laughin’ at him neither.
It’s amazing what kind of creativity arises in conditions of censorship. And humour, in particular, is only enhanced as you try to veil your satire in a form that is superficially innocuous.
Of course, that raises the ambivalent side of humour, as part of the pleasure may lie in a sense of being ‘in’ on the joke (whereas others are ‘out’); thus a few (dare I say humourless?) thinkers have been driven to opine that there is no humour in Heaven. Thus far, attempts by zealous monks to transfer this innovation to earthly life by forbidding their students from ‘frivolous laughter’ have not proven popular.