Don’t Be Offended

Everyone has an opinion and in the United States of America, we are all allowed to express our opinions, a privilege many American’s take for granted. When someone expresses their opinion, don’t be offended. People today get offended easily. Social media has made it easy for people to say what’s on their mind and that can offend so many.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There was a time that people couldn’t freely express their opinions publicly, before the internet. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but when reading public opinions on social media, blogs or anywhere on the internet, keep in mind that this is freedom of speech. If you don’t want to hear someone’s opinions, block them or stop reading. I once heard that 90% of people offended are offended by something that wasn’t meant to be offensive.

I found myself careful about what I post and respond to. Not just because of predators or stalkers but because I don’t want to offend anyone. So at the ripe young age of 51, I find myself somewhat quiet and boring.

People post about something topical, like Bruce/Kaitlin Jenner. People are entitled to think whatever they want. I remember reading a post that to me sounded like someone expressed that they didn’t think it was appropriate for this to be the main topic of the news. That’ doesn’t mean that they agree or disagree with Bruce becoming Kaitlin.

When reading posts, tweets or anything, take it with a grain of salt. Remember, if you don’t like what someone thinks, it’s ok. The world would be a very boring place if people all agreed everyone debated everything said. Get a thick skin and read with a grain of salt. Keep in mind, when you are reading, you are reading without tone of voice. Sometimes a wrong inflection can change the meaning the author was trying to portray. Think about what you are getting upset about. Is it really what you want to waste your time on?