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“[J]okes are boundaries. Jokes mark off a shared space. A space of shared attitudes and experiences. A joke is compressed because it functions as a kind of test. Do you share my view of the world? Are you with me? Are you an insider or an outsider? This facet of jokes — tests of inclusion — is why jokes are both wonderful and wounding. … Jokes are complex and morally treacherous. They bring us together and force us apart. They embrace and exclude.”

Richard Beck at Experimental Theology

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