Is there a conservative sense of humor?
And a related question: Do Leftists ever laugh? I suppose they do but with their miserable attitudes to almost everything that goes on around them, it must be rare. There are a lot of Leftist comedians about but what they offer is abuse and occasionally clever attacks on non-Leftists. I suppose that counts as humor but it is a pretty low-grade humor. It is satisfying to its audience because it reinforces their existing attitudes
Many jokes are about some kind of mishap or misadventure and it seems to me that those jokes would not be funny to a Leftist. Because of his constant complaints and anger about the sad state of just about everything around him, he would tend to see the mishap as a tragedy.
I have long seen empathy for other people as one of the many things that can go to excess. To much empathy would cause you to make your own too much of the suffering around you. And a total lack of empathy would leave you with a grossly deficient understanding of your fellow man.
And it seems to me that conservatives are in the middle on that. They have a balanced attitude. Big evils they take on board but small everyday evils arouse no compassionate response in them at all. So to a Leftist a conservative seems callous and to conservatives Leftists seem lachrymose (always crying about even minor things).
It was on that basis that I made at the time he was 2 a guess that my little son would be a conservative when he grew up. Between the ages of about two and six he had a favourite joke that he would always laugh at if someone told it to him. It was simply: "The boy fell in the mud". He was not bothered by a minor mishap so could see the funny side of it. And I was right. Now that he is an independent adult he is at least as conservative as I am.
So what is the funny side of that joke? I think I can tell that by reference to another small anecdote. I was recently talking to a conservative lady friend I had not seen for a few weeks. She told me that during that time she had had a rather nasty fall which had left her with large and unsightly black eye. And this being the era of camera phones she had taken a picture of it at the time. To show what she meant she brought up on her phone a picture of the black eye and showed it to me. Whereupon we both roared with laughter at the sight of it.
So why did we roar with laughter? A Leftist would undoubtedly have wanted to sue someone over it. The reason we laughed was that it was incongruous. It was not how things should be. Incongruity means not matching something expected. It was a surprise. And I think that a surprise element is probably present in all jokes. So a conservative can react with laughter to something surprising and incongruous where many Leftists might not. So callousness has its place. A little (conservatives) is good; not enough of it (Leftists) is distracting and disabling and total callousness would make for very bad human relationships.