This day an age, the world is very PC (politically correct) and people seem to be very sensitive of just about everything. The question is though, are we TOO sensitive? Are we making mountains out of mole hills? Are we trying to correct too many wrongs at once?Are we too worried what others think of us? When did opinion become fact for everyone? Have people stopped listening and understanding and if so, why?
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We are finally in a place and time where a lot of things are socially accepted that weren't in the past. Which, is amazing! People are fighting for justice for wrong doings and cultures are taking control and voicing their opinions and finally being heard. Things that were celebrated for the wrong reasons are now being looked at again with more understanding for all sides involved. People are changing their way of thinking and living and so much more! Seems like an amazing thing right? Like a world that would be full of happy and understanding people! But, that is so far from the case. The world right now if full of angry people, hate, racism, discrimination, violence, and people who seem to get offended by everything. All of those things have been a constant in the world in all times. However, one thing has seriously stepped up recently and that is people being overly offended and sensitive. So, the question is... How is that changing our society?
Let me start here by saying, this whole article is MY OPINION. I feel I have to say that because of the exact reasons I am writing this article. Just this article will cause anger and upset for a lot of people. There are some people who will read this over and over again just to find SOMETHING to call me out on, or that I was "wrong" with saying, etc. The outrage of me saying people are TOO SENSITIVE! How DARE I say such a thing?! Some will start going on about how i'm ignorant, or talk about my "white privilege", or how I am not thinking of every single person and every single situation before I typed this. Well, they wouldn't be wrong about that last one.
I like to believe I am a very understanding person. I am a kind person and a fair person and very respectful. However, I do NOT think of every situation of every single person on the planet before I say or do something. In my opinion, that is no way to live. So, no matter what you do or say these days, you WILL offend someone out there. In a world where you are expected to do the opposite of that, is that not just setting us all up for failure? To feel like horrible human beings? I think so...
Everyone wants their upsets to be heard and in a day where social media rules the world, they are able to do just that. I see both sides in that being an amazing thing and with it being a huge reason why our society will fail. Every person has a different belief or different upset they think is equally important to the person next to them and down the line. Each person pushing their upset on the next with a sense of entitlement that it needs to not only be heard, but agreed upon and written in law. Things will always need to change with the times and that wont always be an easy thing for a lot of people, but how we go about changing those things are what is important. You cant fight hate with hate. You cant fight racism by being racist towards another race. You cant fight discrimination by discriminating against something else. You cant fight anger by being angry. We learned this in Pre-School. Two wrongs NEVER make a right. You can't have someone see your side of things or your views and opinions by screaming at them that if they do not believe and live your way, they are a shit human being. Its that simple. We are not made to believe in the same way, to like the same things, to want the same values, to celebrate the same things and so on. If that were the case, we would all be carbon copies of each other and nothing would be different from the start. It USED to be what made our world so beautiful.
Now, while a lot of peoples upsets these days are completely valid, there are so many things happening now that just are not. Too many people are literally just nit picking others at this point. This is where the overly sensitive comes in to play. I see it online every single day. Every time I sign on to Youtube and read the comments or check in on Twitter and read my feed. Someone is upset over something someone did or said. "You said the how Strangers Things gave you a lady boner, YOUR A PEDOPHILE!". "You said something someone did was ghetto, YOUR A RACIST!". "You said you don't want to give out candy to older kids or adults not in costumes just seeking free candy, THEY COULD BE AUTISTIC, JERK!" "You said affordable when in my opinion its not, YOU ENTITLED SNOB!", and the list goes on and on and on. You either OVER explain every sentence you say or people assume the worst, label you horrible titles, and boycott you all together. People do not give second chances and expect people to never make mistakes and know everything. Basically, fight your nature and don't be human...ever.
Now, all of these things come from people trying to do the right thing. Trying to think of every person or someone who lives that lifestyle or knows someone with an issue that revolves around that upset. What they are doing and may not realize though, is condemning someone for not doing something that they are not doing either. While you may be thinking of the people that person may of just offended, how you reacted to the person you're "schooling" was just as wrong. Most people are not going to be receptive while someone is hating on them or bringing them down or publicly bashing them. You are not going to change someones thinking or way or life by being hateful and angry towards them. At that point, they will become bitter like a teenage girl told she cant date a specific guy by her parents. She is SOOOO going to keep dating him just to spite them.
So, what can we do? What is the answer to this ever growing problem? For me, its a simple answer verbally with an extremely hard answer in it actually happening. Be kind, be understanding, be patient, be loving, and have compassion. Mind your own business and don't be overly sensitive. Hope for the best from people but expect mistakes. Don't condemn or write someone off when a mistake happens or someone does not believe in things you do. See the beauty in the world and its differences. Fight for change with a positive force. Try to be a better person than the one you were the day before. Worry about the things that absolutely matter and forget the ones that don't. Learn to laugh at yourself and others light heartily. Remember, even online, your talking to a human who has actual feelings. Don't judge people and as we all SHOULD know, treat people how you want to be treated!
Its so easy these days especially online to see people jumping on a bandwagon of hate against someone, even if they're doing wrong, and jump on it yourself. You then become part of a huge problem that is spreading and becoming bigger and bigger these days. It's easier to be happy than to be angry so, stop trying so hard! Take a load off! Try doing something more constructive. It should not make you feel better to bring someone down or hate on people. If that is the case, look inward and get help! You deserve better for yourself!
We all want and deserve a better world where everyone feels loved, heard, and accepted. We will get there when we all, together, start changing things the RIGHT way.
I am a 31 year old, stay at home mother with a Beauty Channel on YouTube. I will never be "proper" or professional on Youtube so sometimes, I need to vent!