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Living the Dream

So, I'll take the dive and be the first to start a subject.

 

How many times do we see the news about group a has been offended by something said, an action taken or product made and the offender must apologize?  Is that apology sincere?(I think most aren't, just PR CYA). 

 

There are nearly eight billion people on this planet and I can guarantee that anything that you say will offend at least, at the very least one of them.  A recent article about a lady in Australia that got her kid a Kinder Egg was offended/sickened because the toy had three balloons with "K"'s on them,....so she, in her "looking for reasons to be offended" posted about it and the company removed the "offending" toy, destroyed the remaining stock and set up procedures for internal review(what a cost that's got to be for a "misinterpretation").

 

It's a "wow" moment to me!!!  Being from the south I would have never associated an Italian candy company with a U. S. based racist organization that's promoting subliminal messages to children via toys.  The toy didn't have three "K"'s on each balloon to represent, but a single "K" on each balloon, to the normal person would be the symbol for "Kinder",......hmmmm.

 

I'm quite certain that we can come up with other "reasons to be offended" in recent news.......as far as I know, there is no official document that states you have a right "not to be offended".....but I could be wrong. 

 

For me,....the only thing that offends me is those that are offended,.......(and calling me a soldier:classic_tongue:)

 

 

 

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Whip

I think people want attention, feel lonely and left out of society. The new social media and internet world can make you feel even more alone because you don’t interact with people enough. Then something happens or you see something that will get you the attention you crave and you yell LOOK AT ME I AM A VICTIM. Someone will interview me and make me relevant. 

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Living the Dream

" LOOK AT ME I AM A VICTIM "

 

That's another subject but very closely related.  You are NOT a victim just because of your religion, race, sex, national origin, gender choosing, "state your individual category here".

 

 

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Whip
58 minutes ago, Living the Dream said:

" LOOK AT ME I AM A VICTIM "

 

That's another subject but very closely related.  You are NOT a victim just because of your religion, race, sex, national origin, gender choosing, "state your individual category here".

 

 

I think it is the same thing. 

 

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Medic Mike

I will not copy and paste the exact quote from Ricky Gervais due to the language with his tweet.  He touched on this exact topic, though he kept it within the realm of comedy.  He is a very open and antagonistic with the continually offended society here in the US and Europe...with hilarious results.  

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Red

I'm not offended when people do or say things when they don't, to a certainty, know what they said or did was offensive.  I consider those learning opportunities.

Probably the next level up is the people who know what is offensive but they are simply rude.  They don't particularly believe what they said, they just said it to get a reaction or to be a bully.  Doesn't mean they aren't hurtful,  you just have to consider the source.   They most often don't mean what they say.  They just say it to be mean.  These people can change given the right circumstances.

Then there are the people who have deep beliefs which are offensive (in today's world).  They believe they are 'right'.  I'll admit, depending on the subject, I get offended by them.  There's no use getting in a urinating match with them over it.  If a reasoned discussion can follow, then both may come away with a different and more tolerant view of the other.  If there is no opportunity for listening or understanding, then move on.  We have to accept that some people believe things and do things that we don't agree with.  If their beliefs don't manifest in unlawful acts, then they are entitled to those beliefs.  I don't have to agree with them.  Deeply held beliefs in adults are near impossible to change.  

Part of what is different today is technology and mass communication.  We no longer feel compelled to ask a person why they said that or did that.  Today when a person is 'offended' they can instantly share it with the world.  There is or will be an instant support group.  They can electronically cluster with like minded individuals.  They can nurture and heighten their feelings of offense.  They can sensitize one another.  Thus begins intolerance and all that goes with it.  We don't have to attempt to understand or get along anymore.  We the offended can group up and fight back.  We can talk about 'the other' rather than to talk with them.  It's akin to mob behavior.

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tallman

No.

The opposite.

People look for reasons to offend, or just to offend, for no reason.

Creating the perfect storm.

So, some are legitimately offended.

Others, illegitimately offended, seek legitimacy.

Bastards...

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Bud

Isn't being offended the political norm of the day? I'm right and you are evil. Seems to me what the majority of political discourse ends up that way.

 

When the extremists, on both sides, become the norm, it's hard to have a middle which is required for our form of government to function successfully.

 

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Paul De

Clearly the troll and victim minded have a goal to get noticed, but certainly I can believe that there are legitimate grounds for some to be offended by someone's statement and it typically is driven by very different life experiences. This is where the public forum should create understanding and even tolerance, but the public forum seems broken today.

 

I find it troubling when the solution the broiken public forum is to create a sterile environment where opposing views can't be debated, challenged and defended.   Some of the best life lessons are when you can make a cogent argument for a position and defend it well.  It seems that most public forums are leaning toward being overly sterile to be sure no one feels uncomfortable, let alone get incensed.  Too bad as it cedes the public forum to ever more outrageous statements by provocateurs each trying to be the most extreme.  And worse yet, when these provocateurs run up against the well reasoned cogent argument against their position they take the easy way out and claim to be hurt in some way and hide behind mom's apron of the sterile environment, never having to take an intellectual beat down and either admit they were wrong, or develop a better argument for their position.

 

That said and society will always have limits and may even impose laws to enforce those limits.  Rightfully so.  Without limits humans are capable the most terrible and disgusting things and giving that a forum is unwise.  A no limits society make me think of the Mad Max or Book of Eli Movies.

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mickeym3
On 1/28/2019 at 10:04 AM, Bud said:

Isn't being offended the political norm of the day? I'm right and you are evil. Seems to me what the majority of political discourse ends up that way.

 

When the extremists, on both sides, become the norm, it's hard to have a middle which is required for our form of government to function successfully.

 

 

Moderates are lost, viewed as weak by Trump’s base (which apparently is the Republican Party) and the socialists agenda (make no mistake, only the political elite benefits) Left sees moderates as just another category of deplorable (deplorabus minimus). Government has essentially ceased to function at this point anyway. But to the point of the thread, I never considered myself easily offended, but by inference on Facebook apparently I am completely beyond redemption and lower than whale shit.  I find solace in knowing that family and friends have a slightly higher opinion of me. 

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BendBill

And another thing [ to justify resurrecting an older thread ] :

In 2005 an FBI cointelpro coined the phrase “wound collectors” to describe societies’ or groups’ tendency to focus blame on others for their own perceived loss of status--Joe Navarro, Hunting Terrorism: A Look at the Psychopathology of Terror.  *found in Friedman below

Thomas Friedman’s 2016 book, Thank You for Being Late, analyzes this tendency in looking at various historical and contemporary groups who all repeat the refrain, “Who did this to us?”  Affecting US interests, he singles out some Middle Eastern groups and Putin's Russia.

The idea of blaming the Other also runs throughout the 2nd half of JD Vance’s book, Hillbilly Elegy, as he atomizes his own  Kentucky subculture’s seeming embrace of the habits and attitudes that keep them down.

These works are interesting though not cheerful reading, in which case one can always go for a ride to set the world right again.

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