When discussing a particularly humorous YouTube video (Real Actors Read Christian Forums), and my intention to post it to Facebook, a friend from the US said to me this morning:
You’re so brave.
You don’t seem to care who you offend.
I’d never thought of it as being brave, and I think we should live in a world where no-one needs to think of it as bravery. I have a tendency to speak my mind, though I do my best not to be a jerk about it. My attitude towards offence is simple:
The person who won’t speak unless certain it will offend no-one never says anything at all.
So I speak my mind on politics, on community, on equality, on religion and ethics, and any other topic I have something to say about. I ignore the trolls telling me to shut up, or that my opinion isn’t warranted, or any other of a myriad number of other demands, always for one simple reason … if I won’t speak for me, why would anyone else?
So let me offend you from time to time. And feel free to offend me from time to time. Hell, I’ll even offend myself from time to time. And maybe along the way, we’ll all teach each other some new tricks.