A colleague point out this dialectic. I appreciated “The Importance of Being Earnest” that much more for it. He should write a blog post about it because it would be better than anything I would write.
We deflect with irony. We mock the earnest.
Home-schooled kids are earnest. The ironic don’t get them.
The earnest get hurt because they care. The ironic pretend like they don’t.
Michael is earnest. Jim is ironic.
Children are earnest.
Irony is a defense. Earnestness is movement.
Irony is safe.