In the UK I believe its now even law that one cannot offend someone.
If I say or do something that offends you then the police are called in.
But should you not have the right to be offended.
Surly being offended is a means of allowing yourself to question and think. For instance someone may see two men kiss in the street. He/she may be offended by this. But he/she has two options, be offended or think why they are offended. By exploring themselves they may rightly conclude that the two men are simply kissing, and it is not them with the problem but themselves for feeling offended. They now can challenge their own beliefs and come to realise that two men have the right to kiss as much as anyone.
Often people will hear a word such as Nigger, or they will see something such as a photograph of a nude female and they say ‘For I am offended’. Yet are they? Often people feel they must feel offended, while in reality they do not really care.
A few years ago the BBC planned to put on ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’. Yet before it was even on, lots of Christians were ever so offended. Had they even seen it? No. But they felt they needed to be offended. Due to all the complaints I watched it, and really enjoyed it. If it had not been for all the offended christians I would not have bothered.
I guess today people like to feel victims, not to mention the hope of free cash if you can sue someone.
Personally I like to have my thoughts challenged, and this can often be done be being offended.
I am probably offended by something each day but as quickly as I am offended I will probably forget about it a few seconds later as that is life. Being offended has never done me any harm.
Though to be honest I do often suspect people like to be offended as its there way of pretending they are ever so sensitive, and ever so academic, and ever so much better than you or I . Though in truth often I find they are simply pointless twits.
“It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.” Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005