Have we lost our sense of humour?

Readers agree with Jerry Seinfeld that many people no longer know how to laugh. (John Minchillo / Invision / AP)
Readers agree with Jerry Seinfeld that many people no longer know how to laugh. (John Minchillo / Invision / AP)

I agree with Rob Long in his column, Jerry Seinfeld and I are among a dying breed (June 13), that many people no longer know how to laugh.

Puritanical societal restrictions have driven comedy into the dark ages as people all over the planet succumb to a sense-of-humour failure.

It’s akin to colony collapse disorder in the world of honey bees. People abstain from laughing and telling jokes for fear they might offend someone, get sacked, become the plaintiff in a costly legal case, or get branded a bigot on social media.

In the process, the world has become as dull as dishwater. We stumble around in wet blankets and padded suits, couching our words and keeping grim, expressionless faces.

I never enjoyed Jerry Seinfeld’s jokes, but he speaks the truth about the brutal, Orwellian nature of what we can say, think and laugh at.

R Kazerouni, Ras Al Khaimah

Social media and mobile phones have turned people into self-encapsulated and introverted personalities.

People have become screen gazers who are unable to laugh at real-life situations any more.

Brian Dubber, South Africa

Church is a symbol of goodwill

I was pleased to read about the opening of St Paul’s Catholic church at Mussaffah (Church is testmanet to legacy of Sheikh Zayed, June 12).

May our Christian friends enjoy their new place of worship. Long live the UAE and its leaders for having hearts that are big enough to foster such peace and goodwill.

I am so proud of this country for showing the world that ­Islam is peace.

Haaike Barnard, Al Ain

Dangers at petrol stations ignored

Your story Car catches fire twice at Dubai petrol station (June 10) is a matter for concern.

Too many drivers continue to use their mobile phones, smoke or leave their car engine switched on while refuelling.

When I see this, I try to explain to them that this is dangerous.

Gerald Blau, Dubai

Filling up at a petrol station last week, I noticed that I was probably the only person whose car engine was turned off.

C Murphy, Dubai

Nobody else can replace a mother

Despite being a father, I agree with Fatima Al Shamsi’s comments in Custody of children can’t be dictated by nationality (June 10). Nothing can ever replace a mother’s love.

Hany Adel Ghaith, Abu Dhabi

Thank you for speaking out truthfully against the preposterous and presumptuous ideas put forward regarding custody issues based on nationality.

E Kakar, Dubai

No one can replace a mother’s love and nurturing for her child or children – not even a well-intentioned father.

Name withheld by request

A carry-on over cabin luggage

Your editorial about carry-onluggage (One size fits all, June 12) caught my attention.

 I hate overhead compartment hogs. They bring full-sized luggage on-board and shove it on top of or next to my small tote bag.

More power to the airlines for their efforts to eliminate the problem.

People should be required to pay for checking in full-sized bags.

Patricia Estep, US

Noodles aren’t the only worry

The controversy around the lead quantity in Maggi noodles has seized headlines in both the Indian and foreign media (India pulls Maggi noodles after safety scare, June 6).

However, it should be noted that massive amounts of food are sold in the open in India without being packaged.

These items – rice, wheat, pulses, cooking oils – also need to be checked thoroughly.

Due to a lack of supermarkets, fruit and vegetables are sold on the roads, and they are often covered with dust from the streets and soot from passing vehicles.

Indians are also fond of local snacks sold by street hawkers who often don’t even know what is in the products they sell. The safety of these foods should also be evaluated.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Published: June 13, 2015 04:00 AM


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