I was raised during a time where our differences were celebrated. Every time a kid complained about something like another kid being “weird” our parents or our teachers would tell us, “But isn’t it wonderful that we’re all different? Wouldn’t it be a boring world if we were all the same?”
We may still think the kid was weird but we knew we couldn’t really argue with that. This was back in the days that we are now told were so discriminatory against special needs, other races, girls, etc. So today we are “forced” to be “tolerant”. Somehow, though things seem to have gotten worse.
We are all supposed to treat everyone the same, yet respect different cultures, yet not act like people are different from each other. It’s a little confusing. There’s no winning as the rules keep changing.
The worst part of this new society is how everyone is offended by everything. During this time that I was raised to be happy that everyone was different, I was also raised that the world didn’t revolve around me.
Today telling a kid that the world does not revolve around them and they really aren’t all that special in the big scheme of things is considered terrible parenting and harmful to their precious little egos. So instead everyone grows up believing that they are so smart and so special that their thoughts and beliefs are all that matters.
So I have a message for all the people who get so offended that someone said something they didn’t agree with, that they have a religious belief that they don’t agree with, that they watch a TV show or listen to a talk show host that they don’t agree with – GET OVER YOURSELF. THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU.
You see, there are a lot of things that I don’t like. For example, I hate football. With a purple passion. Why, you ask? It doesn’t matter. Why doesn’t it matter? Because it doesn’t affect you and is none of your business. Where it would be your business is if I decided that because precious little me hates football, it can’t exist. You can’t enjoy it because I don’t like it. But I don’t do that.
Guess what I do? I DON’T WATCH FOOTBALL. During football season when I go into all the stores and see all the football clothing, blankets, food items, etc., do I fall down on the floor and scream and cry and demand they all be removed from the store or I’ll boycott it because I find it SO offensive? Shouldn’t I? I don’t like it and I have good reasons and my precious little feelings are the only thing in the world that matters, right?
I think Bill Maher is disgusting. Do I try to destroy his life and ruin his career and make sure NO ONE gets exposed to his particular brand of hatred? No, I just don’t watch him. See how simple that is?
I am a Christian. I celebrate Christmas. Do I get all offended by seeing a Menorah during that time period? No, I don’t somehow think that simply by seeing a menorah that it will suck me in like a Star Trek beam and make me become a Jew. I don’t have to destroy it and the religion because I may not agree with it.
It’s also not my job to point out discrepancies or problems with other religions. What gives me the right to try to take another’s faith from them? What does it harm me for another to have different religious beliefs than mine (unless of course, it’s a religious belief that tells them to harm me, but we won’t go into that right now.) If you don’t like Christmas, don’t celebrate it! If you don’t like football, don’t watch it!
If you don’t like a TV show, don’t watch it! When did we as a society decide we have to boycott or destroy everything and everyone we disagree with? Is it because we are so worried that if someone else is “right” that must make us “wrong”? Or is it because we are raising generation after generation of people who think they are all that matters in the world?
Who gets to decide what’s not offensive in the world? You? Your neighbor? Your boss? President Obama? Who gets to decide WHO decides what’s offensive and what’s not? Being offended by everything is narcissistic and well, just plain spoiled rotten. It is really NOT a badge of honor to constantly be offended and self-righteous. So get over yourself. We are indeed fortunate that everyone is different.