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Does Humor Help Us to Deal with Disasters?

During the Spanish-Flu Epidemic, some newspapers published cartoons which referenced the deadly illness. The point was to help people find at least some humor amid all the death and dying.

Do you think providing some comic relief—when the news is otherwise always bad or frightening—is a good thing? Why, or why not?

Do you think cartoons, in such circumstances, disrespect the people who are ill or who have died? Why, or why not?


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