It’s big world out there and many people feel that we should be more compassionate and kind to others. I agree. When it comes to offending people however, that is simply something that is out of my control. I have no problem with showing people kindness, and respect to those that have earned it, but to go as far as to make feeble attempts not to offend someone on every topic known to man is simply impossible.
It’s truly is impossible. We are all different. We’ve all had different experiences, and everything is a trigger to someone. Hell, the smell of freshly cut grass might be an emotional trigger to someone who endured a tragedy, whose mind then connected said tragedy to the smell of cut grass. On a global or otherwise large-scale it’s impossible to please everyone. Now, perhaps if that person was your friend or family, then you could anticipate and avoid that trigger since that situation is more intimate.
I just read an article about someone who saw a raw cotton plant in a vase at a craft store. That person decided it was a blatantly racist display and that it should be removed. Here is the message posted on the stores Facebook page.
“This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves. A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS “decor”.”
It’s a plant. I bet the shirt on her back was made of cotton too. I wholeheartedly believe that some of these people are reaching out and searching for drama and conflict, while the rest are actually offended by even the smallest things. You see, I just so happen to be disgusted by people feeling that the world needs to be some emotional safe haven, and people need to be protected and sheltered from every wrong thing. I’m offended by things too, but I don’t waste my time on it. There are far more important things in life that deserve my focus. The world is too complicated and the bad things will get you eventually so you might as well gain some wisdom and be prepared for it.
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