Choosing To Feel Offended

I’m Offended

September 1, 2017

Allan Stevo

An Austrian friend of mine who is an avid reader of a wide array of world media commented to me that America is unique in that it is the only place where you can worm your way out of an intellectual discussion by saying “I’m offended” and others will recognize it as a legitimate reason to stop the discussion.
 

Only in America

This observation provides an interesting piece of insight on how freedom of speech is interpreted in America. Being sensitive to the feelings of another is at times of paramount importance. In the context of an intellectual discussion it ought to have little place, for digging at the truth should be the goal of intellectual discussion and such cries obfuscate the truth.
 

Better to Laugh at Such a Person

The notion of saying “I’m offended” and genuinely meaning it should be an all out embarrassment to anyone who says it. Such a person should be laughed at in the context of an intellectual discussion.
 

The Choice to Feel Offended

Being offended is of course, like all other feelings, a choice. There is a moment between input and output, between cause and effect, where the conscious mind may pause and reflect and even take control. You choose to feel offended.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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