Patch Adams believed that laughter cured everything. Sometimes life takes us by surprise with its ironic humor, as if inviting us to laugh at human contradictions, perhaps hoping that by laughing at ourselves we will learn what it is to live.
Aquiles Nazoa (1920 – 1976), a Venezuelan humorist, defined humor as: “a way of making people think without them realizing that they are thinking”.
Different disciplines have tried to address the complexity of the human condition, and in this task, humor has been able to take advantage of the human capacity to laugh and has managed to interpret reality by highlighting the comic, absurd and ridiculous side of things.
In Overheard Conversations we have selected 21 comics about the ironies of life and human contradictions.
Human Nature | C-Section Comics
Cognitive Dissonance: Why do we tend to say one thing and do another? In the webcomic “Human Nature“, C-Section Comics explores the difficulty of human beings to see their own condition objectively.
The failure of Philosophical Idealism | Overheard Conversations
“The failure of Philosophical Idealism” is a funny webcomic by Overheard Conversations that tells a story in which utopia meets harsh reality.
The Void | War and Peas
War and peas is a fun webcomic that is not afraid to be scathing. The void explores the human capacity to define the order of their priorities, even if sometimes the order of their priorities turns against them.
Many times our dreams or our parents’ expectations are not met. Dmitri Piankok imagines this misfortune in a very funny way.
Unicorn | Bonus Context
Have you ever heard the saying “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”? Bonus Context rethinks it in Unicorn with his peculiar humorous style.
The Philosophy of Love | Overheard Conversations
“The Philosophy of Love” is an ironic webcomic by Overheard Conversations that reminds us “never to underestimate your opponent“.
Society | Alec’s Comics
In the funny comic “Society”, Alec’s Comics imagines what happens when free will is challenged by the imposition of institutions that lack the public’s trust.
“Kids don’t do what you say. They do what they see” is the central idea of this ironic comic by Mike Organisciak.