Even in our school days back in the 1960s, we Baby Boomers had embedded in us what we could play around with and what was verboten. That's why we joksters got through the educational system with only mild reprimands. Despite my compulsive undergraduate comedy act at Seton Hill, Greensburg, Pennsyvania I graduated with honors - and probably relief on their part that I was going.
Without a clear code of right and wrong, pranks can go horribly wrong as the world has seen with the suicide of UK nurse Jacintha Saldanha. There was no sense of decorum about privacy, no respect for the life and death work which goes on in hospitals, and no consideration of being, well, a public nuisance.
In America, the right might have been right about the need to return to the values of a more conservative time when there were clear rules and a solid sense of what could be joked around about. Can the world again come to embrace an absolute sense of right and wrong? Human beings might wind up feeling pride about the potential involved in being part of this species.