There’s a lot of opportunities these days to be angry, offended, or outraged and scandalized. It seems the only way to recognize an American is by how loud they’re yelling about something whether real or imaginary. It seems the only patriotic American is an angry, offended one.
You just have to know how to look for and respond to the opportunities that pop up. Like when you’re playing Apples to Apples and you flip over a green card, read it, and say, “Be careful”. At that point, you should be looking to be offended. Not just hoping people won’t offend you. But it does make the game a little more fun, a bit less awkward, and people feel welcomed or open to be themselves and have a laugh.
Other times, it really is okay to be mad at someone for something they said or did. We all make mistakes. We can all be insensitive at times. (We do need to do better.) It’s okay to call people out with facts and reasons why you feel uncomfortable, angry, or offended.
However, it’s easier to jump to conclusions when you only have part of the story. Sure, we risk ruining someone’s reputation based on what we heard rather than what happened, like that thing in DC the other day, but that’s a small thing compared to the outrage I’m supposed to feel.
the danger these days with our current climate. With people hoping to be offended, the ultimate result is everyone yelling.
And when everyone’s yelling, no one will be (…heard).