Some politically incorrect thoughts on our high-strung, overly-sensitive culture

We live in such an overly-sensitive culture that people saw Apple's traditional yellow emojis and got upset that their skin color wasn't represented... even though no one on the planet has yellow skin. (link)

We live in such an overly-sensitive culture that people became outraged when Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner made a (admittedly) crude, off-hand joke about Black Widow... even though she's a fictional comic book character. (link)

We live in such an overly-sensitive culture that when a teen male was denied entry to a Whataburger, he cried "transfobia"... even though he walked in wearing only women's underwear. (link)

We live in such an overly-sensitive culture that people get offended by others asking them "so where are you from?"... as though they were ashamed someone noticed their skin color was different. (link)

And Christians are buying right into it. We've become so accustom to seeing everything as a dig against us or our faith that we find ourselves making ridiculous claims. The latest example? A prominent former radio/television evangelist was offended by Starbucks' red ombre Christmas cup design (oh, I'm sorry... it's no longer a "Christmas" cup design because it doesn't include snowflakes, reindeer or snowmen)... as though "minimalism" isn't a design craze sweeping the country right now. (link)

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Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015

In many circumstances like these, the problem isn't with the "troublemakers." It's with the offended. Most people don't go about their days looking for ways to offend people. But many go about their days looking for ways to be offended. That's the culture we live in - a culture where offense abounds. We enjoy a good pity party. We enjoy being able to tell others when they're not being "P.C."

Millions of people sign on the internet each day determined to get their feelings hurt about something.
— Matt Walsh

This morning my pastor shed some light on our predicament when he said, "most people judge others by their perception of that person's action while simultaneously judging their own actions by their personal intentions." This means when others say something that could possibly be warped into something offensive, it gets warped. However, when we say something that could possibly be warped into something offensive, we don't judge ourselves because we know what we meant. Next time you decide that something someone said was offensive, stop and choose to not take it that way.

Choose not to be harmed – and you won’t feel harmed.
Don’t feel harmed – and you haven’t been.
— Marcus Aurelius

It's time that our nation grew a pair (sorry, was that offensive?) and moved past the petty offenses that seem to put everyone in a perpetually sour mood. We have a chance to upgrade ourselves and live by intentional choice not by emotional flash floods. What if everyone assumed that the "offensive" comment or tone or look or action was not actually intended to offend? I'm thinking we might find ourselves in the midst of a more pleasant society.