On being Offended

Some people say they are offended by what I have to say. I think I know why, and I reflect with a good deal of embarrassment that I too for much of my life would have been offended by what I am saying now. But I now have some courage, and have perhaps developed an ounce of reason, to think outside the box that I have lived in for most of my life, and to think and question what I have been told to believe.  This has led me to many awe-inspiring discoveries, mainly through science, history, and early Taoist philosophy… all of which is largely nonsense, even blaspheme, to those poisoned by religion.  

Offended people, besides just feeling that way, sometime react and miss the point entirely by attacking the person rather than their argument. This is always arrogant, bigoted, and narrow-minded. It is most unfortunate that ‘being offended’ has become an accepted feeling for not thinking, especially under the disguise of being tolerant and accusing others of being intolerant. But I am perhaps most disappointed by the Christian notion that thinking itself is always wrong (vs faith). So, the rug is pulled out from under the feet of reasoning, because all humans are flawed (born sinners) and incapable of reasoning (and doing good). The Psalmist put it best, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalm 14:1). I’m not offended by this accusation. It’s just irrational anti-empirical nonsense, and perhaps the worst example of the ad hominen fallacy… so atheists are allegedly wrong because they are humans, not mere fools.

A YouTube compilation ‘On Being Offended

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