Not exactly the first time I've gotten that reaction. Certainly not the last. Having gone from being a right wing nut case to being a squishy squeaky left wing wacko, I know that expressing any opinion at all regardless of content is certain to offend someone. Telling 'em they're going to hell if they don't believe in Jesus is sure to offend some one. Telling 'em that you think all people will be saved is sure to offend another some one.
Heck (give me credit for restraining my potty-mouthed tendencies), in the politically charged culture in America, merely eating an innocent hamburger at McDonald's is sure to bring the wrath of PETA, the censure of anti-obesity leagues, and maybe even the tisk-tisks random Hindus.
But let's stop here. If you think this is a post about how we should all quit offending one another and start getting along--well, sorry. My point is more that we should all stop being so thin-skinned. Guess what folks? There are people out there who do things that you disagree with and hold opinions you find abhorrent. Lots of 'em in your family too, I bet. So get used to it! That's the world we live in.
I have a really intense mind--today I woke up at 3 AM and my mind was going full steam ahead. I got up and did my normal hyper-charged puttering around routine. Did laundry (only use cold water, no bleach, hang on a line to dry), drank four large cups of Earl Grey tea and one cup of Mate, read the New York Times, The Atlantic Wire, and other random stuff, did my TESOL homework, based in the glory of a well-written paper on marketing segmentation, and of course opened Facebook.
Facebook and I have been pretty chummy these days. It's my outlet for all the things steaming and simmering in me--I almost never post stuff like "Today I cleaned my house." For one thing, it would be a lie, and for another thing, it would be boring. Most of what I post is what I'm passionate about. Ok, ALL of what I post is what I'm passionate about. Why would I post about stuff like, let's say, golf? But with all that steaming and simmering, a few burns are just par for the course, meh.
Earlier this year, I had a couple of people defriend me, basically because of my extremely vocal support for Obama's healthcare plan. That incident sort of made decide to just give up. Not give up writing. Nope. Not give up speaking. Nope. I mean give up trying to not offend people. Yeah, it's one thing to be purposefully obnoxious--that's not right and that's not me (some of you are doubtful, I know). But it's another thing to quote an article which claims that, for example, the Congressional Budget Office has concluded that Obama's plan would eventually reduce the deficit. Sure we can disagree about the numbers. But if you are offended by the very fact that I could possibly post articles which support something you oppose, well, I have no words for you.
Basically, I grew up a fundamentalist. The folks I grew up around were wonderfully loving but a little short on acceptance and tolerance. (Yes, the dreaded T-word!). Sometimes I feel like I would have to cease to exist before I would be able to avoid offending some of them--bless their hearts. They are offended if I drink alcohol (which I do), offended if I listen to non-Christian music (which I do), offended if I lean Democratic (yup, I do), offended if I use bad words (you know I do), offended if I don't regularly and loud proclaim just how much I love the word of God and how grieved I am by the world and how much I am wishing for the Lords return etc.
So it's over, folks. I'm out of the closet now and I'm bringing my cobwebs and dust bunnies with me. As a man I knew once advised, I'm going to let my Yes be Yes and my No be No. Anything beyond that is from the evil one.