The "Right" not to be offended?

  • venusrider

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    Jan 12, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    When did the right not to be offended by anything become a "Right"? I am offended by a number of things...but i dont sue in court.



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    Jan 12, 2012 9:06 PM GMT

    There's only one legit way to avoid being offended...

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    Jan 12, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    I'm sure if people were more secure in their thoughts and feelings, they would be less offended. Political Correctness has given people a right to be offended and thus use that to attack others, yet they see no wrong in their very own actions, and how that may repress and hurt others.

    So it could be suggested it's all become about due to political correctness.
  • venusrider

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    Jan 12, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    I think political correctness is a character flaw.

    Not being intentionally offensive or hurtful is something all humans should practice.
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Right to not be offended? I think not.

    As much as I love Americans, most of them are VERY easily offended when compared to other nationalities.

    For example, in my home country, Israel, most people (unless they are Haredim) are not afraid to talk about any facet of ones life - income, spousal relations, etc. - tha most Americans are loathe to even acknowledge exist.

    However, aside from that, I find that those who assert a "right to not be offended" or something similar are just professional victims.

    For that, I advise the following course of action: If you don't want to be offended go step in front of a city bus and all your problems will be solved in an instant.

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  • commoncoll

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    Jan 12, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidRight to not be offended? I think not.

    As much as I love Americans, most of them are VERY easily offended when compared to other nationalities.

    For example, in my home country, Israel, most people (unless they are Haredim) are not afraid to talk about any facet of ones life - income, spousal relations, etc. - tha most Americans are loathe to even acknowledge exist.

    You think Americans are easily offended? Go to a European country like France with their European sensibilities.
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    venusrider saidWhen did the right not to be offended by anything become a "Right"? I am offended by a number of things...but i dont sue in court.




    it is part of the entitlement culture that is so pervasive. i must correct you though, apparently one only sues if one lacks a glock or some such to wreck one's vengeance on the offender.
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    venusrider said
    Not being intentionally offensive or hurtful is something all humans should practice.

    True. Along with that, we should try to be mindful of cultural, societal, age, or class characteristics that may influence offensiveness. Inherently, some behaviors acceptable to some are unacceptable to others. Thus, it falls on both parties to be understanding and to give the benefit of the doubt.
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    commoncoll said
    Haaretz saidRight to not be offended? I think not.

    As much as I love Americans, most of them are VERY easily offended when compared to other nationalities.

    For example, in my home country, Israel, most people (unless they are Haredim) are not afraid to talk about any facet of ones life - income, spousal relations, etc. - tha most Americans are loathe to even acknowledge exist.

    You think Americans are easily offended? Go to a European country like France with their European sensibilities.


    Lived in four different European countries. Didn't experience any of that.
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 12, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    venusrider saidWhen did the right not to be offended by anything become a "Right"? I am offended by a number of things...but i dont sue in court.

    Maybe you're not rich enough to afford hiring a lawyer to bring a frivolous suit. Does your post refer to anything in particular?
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you said
    venusrider saidWhen did the right not to be offended by anything become a "Right"? I am offended by a number of things...but i dont sue in court.




    it is part of the entitlement culture that is so pervasive. i must correct you though, apparently one only sues if one lacks a glock or some such to wreck one's vengeance on the offender.


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    Jan 12, 2012 11:33 PM GMT
    venusrider saidWhen did the right not to be offended by anything become a "Right"? I am offended by a number of things...but i dont sue in court.





    I'm not easily offended. I always go by the phrase "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." But now, if someone even pulls a mean one on my family...I don't let something like that slide.

    But, some of the things people get offended about, I find hilarious. For example, one of the reasons why McDonald's puts on their coffee labels "Caution: Coffee is hot." Is because some stupid nut dropped coffee on her pants, and it was hot. She sued McDonald's for this and won. People are stupid...not gonna lie.
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    No right not to be offended.

    But you certainly have a right to defend yourself...to throw their lies, slander and other junk back in their face. And legally, you have a right to sue the shit out of them, if defamation or other unforeseen damages can be proven.

    But 99% of the time, when somebody goes around offending others, its because they're pathetic losers who need the attention.
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    It's not the right to, "not be offended" (passive), it's the right to not be attacked (active).
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    The politically correct hypersensitives and those seeking to avoid costly lawsuits would have us think that "being non-offensive" is always the best course.

    To this I say:

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    Jan 12, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    Jaken said
    venusrider saidWhen did the right not to be offended by anything become a "Right"? I am offended by a number of things...but i dont sue in court.





    I'm not easily offended. I always go by the phrase "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." But now, if someone even pulls a mean one on my family...I don't let something like that slide.

    But, some of the things people get offended about, I find hilarious. For example, one of the reasons why McDonald's puts on their coffee labels "Caution: Coffee is hot." Is because some stupid nut dropped coffee on her pants, and it was hot. She sued McDonald's for this and won. People are stupid...not gonna lie.


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    Jan 12, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    I think you guys are a bit clueless as to how the law works.

    The law doesn't protect you from a personal insult or a remark that injures only your pride; it protects reputation, not feelings. So if someone calls you a lazy slob, you might be hurt, but you probably don't have a good reason to sue. If he goes on to say you cheat in your business dealings, you probably do have a good reason to sue, as long as he says it to someone else, not just to you. If he says it only to you, you can't sue because he has not hurt your reputation.

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    You can "sue" but it's another thing actually having merit to the suit.

    The law looks to make the person whole, it's not a lottery system like most people in the states care to believe.
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    Jaken said

    I'm not easily offended. I always go by the phrase "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." ...

    I'd rather live by this quote from 'Steel Magnolias' (sorry Jake):
    "If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me"
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidFor example, in my home country, Israel, most people (unless they are Haredim) are not afraid to talk about any facet of ones life - income, spousal relations, etc. - tha most Americans are loathe to even acknowledge exist.


    From my experience Israel has some of the most open minded amazing people who don't get offended easily. I can interact with strangers at ease in Israel cracking jokes and making an embarrassment of myself and they seem entertained. The only time they get upset and dead serious is when I say things like "I like Israel" and suddenly they're like, "then stop visiting and move here already."
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    Jan 12, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    bhp91126 said
    Jaken said

    I'm not easily offended. I always go by the phrase "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." ...

    I'd rather live by this quote:
    "If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me"


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    Jan 13, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Everybody has the right not to be offended. There are only two ways to enforce that right. Turn your head or stop giving a fuck. If something offends you and you keep looking, that's your problem. If something offends you and you obsess over it, that too is your problem.
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    Jan 13, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    I wonder what triggered this thread?
    Some of the political correctness on display is just common sense. If you get offended you can always move your business somewhere else. Companies that want to sell to the public and politicians that want to get elected usually try to avoid offending their customers/electorate. (Unfortunately politicians also try to get votes by offending people their voters consider 'the enemy'.) Free-TV stations try to avoid offending anyone, because they depend on paid advertising.

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    Jan 13, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidI wonder what triggered this thread?



    I was wondering the same thing. It's as if there is some link to a story about a lawsuit or something that the OP forgot to include in his post.
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    Jan 13, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    bhp91126 saidI wonder what triggered this thread?



    I was wondering the same thing. It's as if there is some link to a story about a lawsuit or something that the OP forgot to include in his post.

    Agreed.
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 13, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
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    Blackguy4you said
    venusrider saidWhen did the right not to be offended by anything become a "Right"? I am offended by a number of things...but i dont sue in court.




    it is part of the entitlement culture that is so pervasive. i must correct you though, apparently one only sues if one lacks a glock or some such to wreck one's vengeance on the offender.


    Democracy is when 2 wolves and a sheep meet to decide who is for dinner.
    Liberty is when the sheep has a gun.


    Amen. Pass the ammunition please.