I don't know when it happened, but somehow the magic moral indignation of "being offended" became like a *good* thing by default instead of meaning you have a simple disagreement or just a personal problem in lacking the mental fortitude to deal with the existence of certain ideas. It's warped into this twisted weapon to be wielded against others who don't share your views 100% to try shutting them up.Hijiri wrote:Anything anyone can ever say is offensive to somebody. Sometimes we just have to forget what others think and speak our minds.
I could count the number of times I've truly been offended on one hand probably because if someone says something so ridiculous and wrong, I don't care much about their opinion. I suppose I could get all "WHAT HOW DARE YOU, YOU [idiot/bigot/racist/etc.]" in a lot more cases, but unless it's fraud or something that's directly going to hurt someone, who cares? You just deal. There are idiots everywhere, especially on the internet And sometimes as your opinions evolve over time, you find that you were the real idiot to begin with
“There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feelings as 'moral indignation,' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. The 'indignant' person has for once the satisfaction of despising and treating a creature as 'inferior,' coupled with the feeling of his own superiority and rightness.”
- Erich Fromm
So don't worry about it too much, amorphous, haters gonna hate Just don't be a jerk and you'll probably be fine (except for certain controversial topics, where emotion and personal agendas will rule all. Not good to get into if you have anxiety probably.)