Being offended is a luxury. Humans, for the majority of our existence, didn’t have that luxury because we were too busy struggling to survive like every other species out there. We—specifically westerners—have built such and infrastructure of comfort that we spend more time whining about perceived injustices than just living our lives the way it was meant to be. Long story short: Stop being a little bitch and worry about your own shit.

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You want to know something kind of strange about me?

I’ve never been offended in my entire life.

Seriously, I’ve never been offended in my entire life.

Let me explain…

Actually, there’s not much to explain.

Whatever this feeling/emotion of offended/offense is, I’ve never felt it. It just seems like this foreign abstract concept to me; I’ve felt every other emotion, I believe, but this feeling of offense, that seems to be in the news every day, I’ve never felt it. In fact, sometimes, I doubt that it’s even a real emotion.

Imagine, for a moment, a tribe of early cavemen and women, can you imagine them being offended? Sure, they can experience the typical emotions of joy, sadness, anger, and happiness, but what about offense? Will Org be offended when Olga makes fun of his cave drawing? Will Org’s wife be offended if she’s mistaken for a Neanderthal instead of a Homo Sapien? What would offend our early ancestors? Nothing, I think. Maybe I’m just a little more caveman, and haven’t evolved enough to feel offended, but honestly, I think it’s a useless emotion.

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Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony is a Massachusetts based writer and veteran of the U.S. Army. After his service in the Iraq War, he earned a BA in English Literature from Bridgewater State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. He currently spends his free time with his wife and daughter, and volunteering for veteran charities.

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