I don’t know about you, but it seems every time I turn around someone is screaming about being offended. As a result, one more offense is added to my “Let’s be Sensitive to Anyone Offended List.” Again, I don’t know about you, but my list is so full I can no longer keep up with what I can do, think, or say without offending someone.
So, here is the deal:
1. People are going to be offended. That is a hard fact of life, and the world will keep turning – another hard fact of life;
2. We should always strive to be sensitive, but walking on eggshells to avoid using the word “cat” in a conversation because it might bring up a negative childhood memory for someone or avoiding the use of “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” because they are gender specific and therefore discriminatory and offensive to some people is void of anything resembling sanity. Besides, sensitivity alone is not the answer. It is of greater worth to teach people to cope with the cards they have been dealt rather than try to change the world to fit in their personal boxes;
3. Although I try to be sensitive, I am in no way obligated to change my life to pander to another person’s sense of entitlement, paranoia, inability to cope as an adult, or personal insecurities regardless of how offensive that may appear to some people;
4. Rather, that me changing my life when you are offended, why not do what the rest of the adult society does – pull up your big boy or girl pants and deal with it?
5. In line with #4, if this post makes me offensive, take a deep breath and repeat, “I am a big boy or girl and I can cope with this by going to my room and taking a nap to relieve my feelings of entitlement and insecurity.”
I don’t mean to offend, but . . . . Offended? Really?
©Jack Linton, December 2, 2019