Saturday, January 29, 2011

Offensive VS. Disagree?

What is the difference between offensive and disagree?
I got some varied answers to this question.
For offensive I got: to place menace behind your words/actions, to intentionally cause pain with words/actions.
For disagree I got: to state opinion without harm or coercion.
Why did I ask this? Because I think that people are using the term offensive where it's not supposed to be used. I think too many people are crying 'Offense' when in actuality, it's just that they disagree.  I looked up the definitions of both words and it pretty much reflects the answers I received. (I have some smart friends and fam!)
Offensive: Causing anger, displeasure, resentment, or affront, for the purpose of attack rather than defence.
Disagree: To have a differing opinion, to be unacceptable (to) or unfavourable (for); be incompatible (with), to be opposed (to) in principle.
What's wrong with having different ideas, thought and opinions? Somewhere along the line, disagreements became offense, of which we're now bound by law to refrain from offense. Freedom of speech? It's dying a slow and rocky death. For those that think I'm an alarmist, I may be. But I highly doubt it. I don't like conspiratorial theory' why would I partake? Just sayin...and just stating the obvious. What ever happened to, if you don't like what's being said, walk away? If you don't agree, agree to disagree and move on? Is it really that hard? I'm guessing it is, judging the amount of 'hate speech' laws out there.  Don't get me wrong, I think people can be really mean, and it comes out through a physical action.  However, I think that we're swinging to far to the other side. You can't keep speech free if you start putting laws on how we express ourselves and our thoughts. Just sayin...
Do you agree with me? Do you disagree with me? Why? Why not? Talk to me!
In His Hands,

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