Webster's Dictionary defines it as 1) to transgress the moral or divine law and 2) to cause difficulty, discomfort or injury. Or in todays world, definition number 3) saying anything that upsets anyone in any way. Politically correct I am not. I refuse to hold back and censor myself because it isn't pc or because I'm scared of a negative reaction. My intentions are never to hurt someone, or to purposefully offend anyone (referring to definition 1 and 2). But to be so scared to speak my mind and walk on eggshells for the fear of adverse judgement or criticism? Sorry, but you got the wrong person.
And that's not the only thing I'm sorry for.
I'm sorry that saying "Merry Christmas" offends you. I'm sorry that the fact that I demand my child include "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance offends you. I'm sorry that by me being a stay-at-home-mom offends you because I'm degrading what professional work for women is all about. I'm sorry that my big SUV offends you. (I'm also sorry that tests have proven it's much safer for my kids to ride in.) I'm sorry that my success offends you and I'm sorry my parenting beliefs offend you. And I'm most definitely sorry that my clothing preferences offend you. And by I'm sorry, I mean I'm not sorry at all. Not one iota.
When did it become the cool thing to be so easily offended? It's like people who have nothing to contribute or say proclaim how "offended they are" and now look at me! I have something important to say because you totally offended me! I don't care one bit that you despise gas guzzling vehicles and love your Prius. You go girl! Get your green on! I also don't care that you choose to work instead of stay home with your kids nor that you allow your young child to watch rated-R movies. I may voice my opinion when asked but I most certainly am not offended by you.
No, I reserve my right to be offended for things that really matter. Like when a judge gives a child molester a reduced sentence for "good behavior." Or when someone who murdered an innocent person doesn't get the death penalty. Or when some individual declares that the only people who still love Britney Spears are gay guys and chicks in their 30s trying to relive their youth. Offended doesn't even begin to cover it!
And there goes my little rant for the day. Any bets on how many people I offended?
ps. This post was inspired by this article - one of my favorites come this time of year.
pps. here is another fabulous post on being too easily offended.
So tell me. What offends you most?