On A Scale From One To Ten

02 Apr

I recently played a board game that proposed many question starting with the line

 On a scale from 1-10

 On a scale from 1-10, how cute is the outfit of the person on your left

 On a scale from 1-10 what is your attitude toward your job

 On a scale from 1-10, rate the looks of the person seated to your right

 On a scale from 1-10, rate your intelligence comparative to the person on your left

 My friends and I had fun spewing numbing, making fun of each other and ourselves. Taking the initial question and spiraling them into full-blown discussions. And then I realized that Freud was right. In every joke, there is an element of truth.

 We may have been poking each other about our intelligence, wittiness, fashion sense, instinct, and looks, but we were also telling each other what we really thought of each other.

 Only in jest can you tell someone that their sweater looks like a regurgitated hairball without offending them.

Only in jest can you tell someone how it annoys the heck out of you when she berates herself, fishing for compliments

Only in jest can you really tell someone how you admire and respect him without making yourself too vulnerable.

Only in jest can you truly say what you think

 As people, censor ourselves all the time. Our mothers always say, “There’s a time and place for everything.” And they’re right. When we are kidding around though, everyone takes the others’ comments with a grain of salt. With this precaution, and mindset in place, people are free to speak,

 The constitution gave us the freedom of speech

Polite society took it away

Humor gives it back.


Posted by on April 2, 2009 in Uncategorized


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8 responses to “On A Scale From One To Ten

  1. Something Different

    April 2, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Omg do I know you? I am constantly playing this game when I am in a group setting. People think it is weird at first but it’s awesome!
    And here I thought I invented it….. 😦

  2. tembow

    April 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    very true!

  3. tembow

    April 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    oh, i forgot… on a scale of 1-10, this post gets a 10!

  4. NMF #7

    April 3, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Liked the approach…
    But humor can be biting- so even if it’s true, do we have to say all these things? Like the sweater comment- even if it is true, and humorous, it’s still hurtful. Although we have the freedom of speech to say what we wish, that doesn’t mean we should.

  5. Something Different

    April 3, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I’m with NMF on this. In my version of this game you rate yourself on things. It’s still fun but nobody gets insulted. Cuz I can see how people would pretend to laugh and really inside they are crying. I could also see people stop wearing an expensive sweater because it got a general grade of a 1.5 on the scale….
    I guess self confidence and maturity come into play here…

  6. Princess Lea

    April 3, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Well, as my mommy always says, “A joke is only funny if it is about yourself.” So in my family, self deprecation is the comedy of choice. But many people without senses of humor think we’re being serious, so that sometimes does backfire.
    So bet it.

  7. amush

    April 3, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I am maskim 100% to what u r saying the only thing is that why in the line of only in jest about complimenting do u refer to the complimentee as him and in the other ones ita a she?

  8. Child Inside

    April 3, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I’m with NMF. No matter how much laughing is going on, picking on people is just not funny.


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