In its highest form, Konrad Lorenz said, humor gives us the power of sifting the true from the false. It is the best of lie detectors, and discovers with uncanny flair the speciousness of contrived ideals and the insincerity of simulated enthusiasm. There are few things more irresistibly comical as the sudden unmasking of that sort of pretense.

A contemporary example is the humor of Trevor Noah when he was interviewing Tomi Lahren and she was contending that she was not at all racist. She declared, “I don’t see color.” He replied “You don’t see color? What do you do at a stop light?”

We really do not take humor seriously enough! There are few of us who are not aware of racial bias.

Ray Janes, Rockport