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Old 08-30-2014, 05:54 PM
Location: southern california
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the greatest threat to our democracy is sensor. attempting to control what other say and think is sensor.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:01 PM
Location: The ends DO NOT justify the means!!!
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It is only offensive to those who wish to control others and think of themselves as Gods among mere mortals....LOL

In reality I wonder why people are offended by others. To be "offended" means that you are somehow hurt or made angry in a deep sense. Why in the world anyone gives that much power to someone else's thoughts over them I will never understand. It is almost as if the "offended" believe those that offend them are more valid than themselves...
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:11 PM
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Well how free would a society truly be if everyone were on the same page because it was unilaterally decided (by whom?) that the page everyone was on was the correct, righteous one? If there were those unhappy or concerned about this glorified page everyone was reading from (like a psalm?) would they be considered wrongly offensive and silenced due to the doubts they raised amongst the less dense page-readers? Would those who listen raptly to those extolling this divine page (like a flock listening to a priest espousing scripture) understand that they may have something to enjoy from reading a different page in another book or would they burn at the stake any who would oppose their comfort zone?

A free society would be offensive to others simply because where there is diversity there is a difference of opinion. That automatically makes for a rub. There doesn't have to be rude disparagement, but to expect something different in something that appears to be a democracy is asking for too much; people have been trained to think anything they feel is special due to their existence in a democracy. Thoughtful sentiment has sometimes not a thing to do with the expressions.

I would hardly trust a place like Canada when it comes to personal expression as their society is anything but an open, free-minded place. In fact, it is more of a nanny-minded society where certain things cannot be said or reported upon, where whatever is frowned upon is disenfranchised in a mean stingy way. Years ago (early 1990's), there was a serial killer loose in Windsor that hit the papers and TV reports timidly in Detroit but was completely ignored by Canadian media (such as it was) and even debunked by the WPD. It even got to the point where the mayor of Windsor asked American local media to butt out and issued a gag order on his PD and coroner's office. The reason given (after the denial of said serial killings) is that Windsorites shouldn't be allowed the freedom to consider such an awful thing as murder in any capacity! Just an example that in some places that are too polite there can be a tendency to conspicuously wax over what does not work or seem unseemly in society. I don't mean jubilance in what is out-right vulgar, I mean knowledge of things that do not come off as proper. Seemliness tends toward creating closed societies with limited freedoms.
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