Perhaps it’s just my simple midwestern upbringing, or maybe it’s the quick and massive dissemination of media & social changes through the internet megaphone today, or it’s even possible I’ve just been completely blind to a sea of societal sensitivities that I’m only now discovering in my early 30s. Whatever the reason, I feel compelled to say that I remember a time when people seemed to have a bit thicker skin than they do these days. Folks would crack wise or say things that weren’t meant to be taken 100 percent literally, and people knew not to misconstrue the message or blow it out of proportion for the sake of shaming another individual.
But nowadays we’re all walking on eggshells, trying to sidestep metaphorical landmines being laid out by a new loud faction of people known as ‘social justice warriors’. And for all the good intentions SJWs have in their message, I’m afraid they’re actually restricting many people from speaking feely for fear of retribution or public scorn. I’m not going to bloviate about how this new fire and brimstone approach to getting people to fall in line with a certain ideology, OR ELSE, but I will say that I think the world could afford to lighten up just a tad, don’t you think? There are great and important social causes worth championing, no doubt, but maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to rush to judgement on every last word uttered publicly.
After all, freedom of speech is the first amendment laid out in our constitution. So to chastise every word uttered publicly that doesn’t perfectly align with your own philosophy, is to jeopardize the very thing that has made this country so strong & independent over the years.
Take these images in the spirit they’re intended, laugh, & Chive On!! (*Steps off soapbox*)
And by the way, if you like this message than please share it with friends & family. I think the world could afford to loosen up a little bit amidst these tumultuous times!!