Is This Offensive?

 

“Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn’t exist in any declaration I have ever read.

If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn’t occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don’t like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don’t like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.

To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.”
― Salman Rushdie

 

Lately taking offence has become the most popular hobby among the population. Everybody is offended by something whether it be a flag, a candidate, a right acknowledged by the U.S. Supreme Court (Yes I said acknowledged not given. It has long puzzled me that minorities claim to fight for rights. That to me misses the mark. We all have the same rights. What minorities actually fight for is their rights to be acknowledged by others. Any time they ask for or demand equal rights they are putting themselves in a subservient position. Either rights are inherent and everyone has them or they aren’t. No one can give or take them away, they can only acknowledge them or not but I digress) a style of dance, what some celebrity chooses to wear or be. There is no end to people getting angry at something that someone else has said or done.
Well, who asked them and what do they expect to happen? If someone or a group of someones tells you that something you said or did offends them, you might make changes. At least the first few times it happened. Eventually tho, it wears thin. It may even get to the point where you are told that almost everything you do or say offends someone even if it is something totally different even opposite to what you were told is offensive in the first place. If everything we do or say is offensive to someone than it will get to the point where we just say “Screw this, I am going to do what it is in me to do or say what is in me to say and they will just have to get over it.”
Part of the reason why loudly taking offence has grown so popular, in my opinion is that it is a power trip. Most people don’t wish to be offended, especially when it affects their lives or relationships. Most of us will go out of our way to make changes to accommodate others. It is easy to enjoy the sense of power that this brings. Power corrupts is a cliche but it is a true one and it is way too easy to become abusive with it.It would benefit us to realize the responsibility that comes with this power and use it wisely.
Blessings, G

 

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Songs From the WoodSongs From the Wood by G A Rosenberg

 

Scarlet and IndigoScarlet and Indigo by G A Rosenberg

 

ShadesShades by G A Rosenberg

 

The Slow Dance (Redux)

 

She saved her last dance
for the familiar stranger
They waltz out the door

 

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The Slow Dance (Redux)The Slow Dance by G A Rosenberg

 

Up the Spiral

 

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett

 

Whether it be in our memories, our imaginations or in the physical we always return to our beginnings and yet we don’t. We have had many experiences along the way and had many journeys. We are hardly the same people we were when we were eighteen or even the same as we were yesterday. If we are alive than there has been growth and we can view our earlier environment with new insight. Even in the cases where we have become more calcified and less open to learning and growth a return to our beginnings when we were younger and more idealistic can inspire us to do better. In reality there is never a time when we come full circle back to our beginnings because in actuality it is a spiral and we look upon our starting point from a higher octave.
Blessings, G

 

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Night's WorkingNight’s Working by G A Rosenberg

 

Focus on the Future

 

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
― Dan Millman

 

I’ve given up second-guessing
and regret
they’ve always weighed me down.
I can’t change the past
now would I.
I’ll let it slide
into its own detritus
providing mulch for future growth.
Instead focusing on the now and
setting my intent on what’s to come.
With clarity I’ll move forward
and my steps will be sure.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Background AlienBackground Alien by G A Rosenberg

 

Colour ExplosionColour Explosion by G A Rosenberg

 

In Service to Her (Redux)

 

The red goddess teaches
abandon and surrender
to pleasure and ecstasy
In the loss of our senses
can be found many answers.

 

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In Service to Her (Redux)In Service to Her by G A Rosenberg

 

Butterfly Awareness

 

“Perfectly selfless, the beauty of it, the butterfly doesn’t take it as a personal achievement, he just disappears through the trees. You too, kind and humble and not-even-here, it wasn’t in a greedy mood that you saw the light that belongs to everybody.”
~ Jack Kerouac

 

Surrendering to change
Being while becoming
expansion without thought
of what comes next
or what came before.
Living every moment
in the present.
Effortless magick
Being one’s true self
beyond any illusions.
Letting it happen
without making it happen
It all sounds so simple
not a matter of doing more
but less.
Less thinking
Less Dwelling in the Past
Less second-guessing.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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New Forms of ExpansionNew Forms of Expansion by G A Rosenberg

 

Snake's LairSnake’s Lair by G A Rosenberg

 

Nuclear CoralNuclear Coral by G A Rosenberg

 

A Child of the Green (Redux)

 

My home is the growing land
the dark forest has sustained me
and it is all that I have known.
I protect this land and all that lies within
I welcome those who can know me
the ones who won’t despoil
Others can only know my wrath
without seeing me at all.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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A Child of the Green (Redux)A Child of the Green by G A Rosenberg

 

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