Right Speech

by Tom Swift

Sarcasm seldom satisfies.

You do well when you make your written communications sincere. Sarcastic writings seldom age well.

Speech allows for wider latitude, as speech provides greater context to your recipient. Intent is more easily conveyed when a listener hears tone and especially when she or he observes facial expressions.

Playfulness, irony — even well-placed brickbats — have their place. No one wants to be around a humorless fellow.

Yet don’t make the mistake of regarding sarcasm as a synonym for levity.

You can be light without taking a bite.

Sarcasm is a mask — one that often doesn’t fit you quite right.