Honestly, this issue appears to die down every now and then until it comes racing back up, especially when an individual or a group is offended by something they’ve seen, perceived, or think is going on. Being offended has apparently become an American pastime, a hobby, and something that people actively try to do when they wake up in the morning. For some folks, going a day without being offended is a failure or a sure sign that they weren’t working against that imagined oppression hard enough because they weren’t offended by anything. The truth is that it means they were living their lives and not looking for an excuse to be pissed off about something.

Being offended is a choice, it’s not something that is automatically installed in a person’s mind the day they’re born. There’s a huge debate to be had about this matter since many people will gladly stand up and say that they’re offended for those that won’t be offended on their own behalf for one reason or another. The unfortunate truth for those folks is that the people they’re sticking up for might actually tell them to sit down and shut up if they were allowed to speak since like it or not, activists only make things worse when they get louder, as finding a way to change things from the inside with minimal amounts of noise doesn’t appear to be part of the program. When everything from a mild joke that in all honesty doesn’t bother that many people to bigger issues that can be solved if opposing sides sit down to discuss their grievances becomes a reason to be offended, well, then the issue is no longer what needs to be done to alleviate the situation, the issue becomes who’s really offended and how can that be fixed so we can get back to the real issue at hand.

Life is offensive to everyone at some time or another, and whether we like it or not, things are going to happen. Between human beings, life will never be perfect since we all have the freedom to say what we want, do what we want, and then deal with the consequences as they come. Granted, if someone offends you in a way that you don’t like, you have the right to bring it up and try to resolve the matter. But do you have the right to disrupt their life and the lives of others in a needless fashion? Nope, not really. If by disrupting someone’s offensive behavior you’re improving the lives of those around you and possibly teaching a life lesson, then more power to you. But the sad part of this is that perception is key in such moments, and many people think that by being offended by everything that they’re helping those around them, when in truth they’re just pissing people off for no reason. At some point, being offended by everything has to get a little exhausting, wouldn’t you think?

At the end of the day, we choose to be offended by things or we choose to let them go, and personally, I’d rather take a moment to think if something or someone has really offended me that badly that I need to make a spectacle out of it. Most times the answer is no, since to be fair, spending that much energy on something or someone that pisses you off without any long-term effects isn’t worth it.

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