Animals are reliable many full of love true in their affections predictable in their actions grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention but it has no persuasive value at all.
The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
Humor results when society says you can't scratch certain things in public...