Why So Serious?~ Why So Offended?

I had a discussion with my brother-in-law the other day. It was a mutual observation that individuals in this day and age are so easily offended. We are a society of thin skinned babies.

What exactly happened to our ability to let shit roll off our backs? Laugh at ourselves for our differences? Be secure in our own skin? People are even offended of things that don't even apply to them in an effort to be socially considerate.

Groups are created with the social conscience of calling out "insensitive" words or behaviors. Blogs are saturated with "What Skinny/Short/Heavy/ People Are Tired of Being Asked", posts.

I recently read an article on LinkedIn about how a social media consultant felt when she was told "I don't do social media." She then began to give her observation on what kind of person is not into social media and that saying those words, shows they don't have any respect for her profession. "They could at least fake interest." Is she four years old? Are you freaking kidding me?! So what if someone doesn't "do social media." If anything, this individual should shake the sand out of her panties and use those opportunities to engage in thoughtful conversation, not cry or boohoo, 'no one takes my job seriously so I'm going to write about it and publish it on a professional networking site.' Needless to say. the comments were brutal! No, I refrained from commenting. It is a professional website and I don't engage in combative remarks. That is what this blog is for. Wink!

There are a lot of mean people in the world. Look at any comment thread, regardless of the topic posted, and you will see vile behavior. The more offended we get, the meaner we become.

Don't get me wrong, I do have a feeling and from time to time it gets hurt. I have to remind myself that it is none of my business what others say about me. It has nothing to do with me but everything to do with them. So why would I get my panties in a twist over a stereotype comment? I'm not talking about race, that is a topic for another day. I'm talking about stereotypes period.

Let me put it to you this way. When a biologist tries to sue a movie company, on behalf of a wild animal, for showing them in a negative light (villain), we have failed as a progressive society. I seriously doubt there was a hyena out there saying, "WTF Disney?! That is not how we laugh! You are the reason we are misunderstood!".

 Don't be a bitch.

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