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Risque humor



   Tonight 60 Minutes interviewed some American young people 
   who have been attending college in Moscow.  The comment of a 
   rather attractive girl interested me.  She said one difference 
   between American culture and Soviet culture is that in Soviet 
   culture risque jokes are strictly taboo --- especially coming 
   from a girl.  She said that for her the risque is just second 
   nature.  Well, I know what my feelings are.  I don't think 
   there is a more certain indication of a morally depraved nature 
   than lewd or risque humor.  It is an indication that a person 
   has sold themselves out morally.  It is the best indicator I 
   know of moral badness.  I could never have a very high opinion 
   of a person after hearing that kind of humor from them.  And I 
   wonder if it is possible for such a person to have a very high 
   regard for himself.  And living as I do in a culture where this 
   kind of humor is socially accepted, the norm even, is it any 
   wonder that I consider our society morally depraved?  Is it any 
   wonder I have to compare America with the ancient cities of 
   Sodom and Gomorrah?  Even atheistic Russia has retained some 
   moral sense and knowledge, some knowledge of what constitutes 
   depravity.


   Apr 1987


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