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Plato expressed the idea that humour is simply a delighted feeling of superiority over others. Well, Plato's idea about humour really confuses me a lot, what he means is like humour is a delighted feeling that you get when u feel superior to other people around you? Or humour is a delighted feeling and its superior to our other feelings? Plz help me out thx.
Dec 3, 2016 9:50 AM
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In modern English, we would say, "We're not laughing WITH you, we're laughing AT you." You should know that the concept of "humour" is only about 700 years old, so I suspect something has been lost in translation. I realise this is from an IELTS reading text, and perhaps Daniel's explanation is all you need. In respect to the reading text, my Slovak boss once explained to me how the funniest joke in English (yes, we've found it and you can look it up... and no, you can't use it in combat) makes absolutely no sense in Slovak. I suggest you focus on the general idea of the text and not worry too much about random examples - the quote from Aristotle was just part of the bigger idea.
December 3, 2016
Making fun of other people is a way of telling the world that you are better than the people make fun of... if you make fun of fat people, it's becaue you are not fat and you think you are better because of it. if you make fun of different races, it's because you are not that race and you think you are better because of it. I could you countless examples.
December 3, 2016
He also saw it as a form of malice toward others. This is a huge topic! Better take Peachey's advice!
December 3, 2016
i don't know how he was thinking.
December 3, 2016
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