The subtext of 'being offended'

In recent times I've observed a growing trend for people (e.g. in online forums) to write "I find that offensive" in response to someone's ideas or opinions.

So I penned a few words and submitted them to an online forum.

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In my experience, online forums are relatively feckless forms of communication, in that they lack the immediacy of face-to-face interactions. Venues at which people get to meet and really dig deep (e.g. via Bohmian/OpenSpace/World-Cafe style groups) can be extraordinary experiences.

However in my experience those sorts of groups while offering far more direct, intense learning experiences than anything online can offer, are still often driven by old-world beliefs and agendas. So there's lots of work to be done there in aligning the underlying belief-systems with quantum reality.

As for my reference to old-world beliefs, I mean beliefs that we're victims to things 'out there'. Both science and religion are 'infected' with that feckless victimhood, blaming chance and God (resp.) for our circumstances. As Prof. Henry explains, "quantum mechanics gave us the most fundamental insight ever into our nature:  ... the restoration of us human beings to centrality in the Universe."

We see examples of that feckless victimhood in the general population - a telling example is the many people who say "I find that offensive" in response to someone's beliefs or opinions, the subtext of which is "I blame you for how I feel" (thereby foregoing/surrendering "the last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances" [Viktor Frankl])

A culture that blames (each other, other nations, 'out there') and thus denies individual responsibility for the world they conjointly created, is headed for a very challenging reality-check. The good news is I think we're deliberately seeking that reality-check to give us the oomph and urgency to step beyond the threshold of old-world fears.

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forgot to mention new-age/spiritual beliefs are often as bad as, or more so than science and religion.

E.g. blaming the alignment of planets, or one's birth date, or the failure to engage some illusive higher-self are typical examples. The worst of which is seeking to "transcend the ego", and seeking to give up all desire. I think that last one (the oxymoron of desiring to give up desire) is a succinct way of understanding what the word "feckless" entails.

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