It seems one of the new catch phrases of the current millennium is “I’m offended by (x)”.
Now……..(x) could be just about anything – from a holiday, to a group of people, to a lifestyle…..just about anything that someone could pick up a vibe on and decide to go all nutso about.
Maybe it’s a new “in vogue” thing – a fad that the current generation is going through in the same vein that we did when we wore bell bottoms and flowers in our hair. It doesn’t seem to matter what it is – someone will pick it apart and find that one “offensive” nugget to chant a war cry about.
You don’t like the food being served in a restaurant? Scream you’re offended that it wasn’t just perfectly done to your satisfaction, and demand it all be for free!
You don’t like someone celebrating their favorite holiday? Yell that you’re offended because it distracts you from enjoying your holiday (which may offend the first person that you yelled about).
You don’t approve of someone’s lifestyle? Go on a tirade that this person is impinging upon your belief system, and the mere presence of this person will shake your faith down to the very core and destroy it utterly!
Did your clothes that you just bought fit a little snugly? Go bark at the defenseless cashier behind the counter that you want a refund AND a new set of clothes because you had to take time out of your oh-so-busy schedule.
The big lynching pin in most of what is striking up rounds of anger is all based on the whole religion/belief system circular arguments. Then again, that sort of thing has been a hot button topic for longer than just about all of us have been alive on this planet! Well, I’ve been coming up with my own responses to many of those types of blasts of rage:
If you don’t like the way I look, then don’t look! Be somewhere else!
If you don’t like my beliefs – fine. I didn’t ask for your permission or approval. Did I ask you to shove the (insert random religious text here) book in my face? Nope! Begone!
Did I solicit your opinion of the store I’m about to walk into? No? Then get out of my way or you may find shopping cart tracks going up the center of your behind and back.
My lifestyle causes you to be uncomfortable? Well, then perhaps you shouldn’t hang around. I’ve spent too many years of my life compartmentalizing who I am, and it’s getting tiring opening and closing all of those closet doors, so I took a hammer to ’em – so THERE.
Does my holiday offend you? Well, I am going to celebrate it anyway – just as you have the freedom to celebrate yours. I guess we’ll have separate holiday parties then, because I’m getting ready to put up my tree and we’re having turkey!
We are all brothers and sisters – all living on the same planet that has been made for us, and that we have been a part of for a very long time, and since it looks like the space program has ground to a halt for the time being, we’d best learn how to get along and perhaps find some common ground. I’m still waiting for my UFO ride, by the way…………just in case you are listening or reading from many miles away.