It’s time to get over it

I’m Just Sayin’

by SHEILA SMITH

You drag it around like a ball and chain 

You wallow in the guilt; you wallow in the pain 

You wave it like a flag; you wear it like a crown 

Got your mind in the gutter, bringin’ everybody down 

Complain about the present and blame it on the past 

I’d like to find your inner child and kick its little …”

 

From Don Henley’s “Get Over It”

 

It seems every story I hear these days is about someone being offended by something.

There was a time when I could read newspapers, visit online news sites or listen to radio news and hear – well,  news.

Now, all the news consists of is people whining about their feelings being hurt. I have three nephews ages six through 10 who whine less than most adults these days.

If someone does not share your political views, they are offended; if you don’t dress the way others think is fitting, they are offended; if you have tattoos, they are offended; if you do not share their religious beliefs or speak against those beliefs, they are offended; if you have this many of one group of people but not enough of another group of people, someone is offended.

You know who else gets offended easily? Pre-kindergarten students.

This is not a character flaw that can only be attributed to Republican or Democrat, black or white, male or female, or young or old; no, everyone is pouting these days. Their feelings were hurt, so they feel the need to go to the media, much like a toddler cries when he cannot have another cookie.

If I walked up to you and smacked you in the face, it makes complete sense that you would say, “I’m offended.”

However, if you are offended because some store does not carry your size, that is what we call a “first world problem.” It’s actually not a problem at all. Just walk yourself out of the store and shop somewhere else.

Are you offended by a particular television show? Don’t watch it.

Are you offended by a particular singer? Don’t listen to his music.

Are you offended by certain behaviors? Don’t act that way.

I’m not sure of its origin but I recently read the following quote: “We live in a culture where people are more offended by ‘swear’ words and middle fingers than they are by famine, warfare and the destruction of our environment.”

Personally, I believe that statement is quite truthful. People are offended by various aspects of society but most of these people aren’t really contributing anything worthwhile to society because sitting around saying, “That’s wrong, that’s right, that’s wrong, etc.” isn’t changing the world.

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