Saturday, January 6, 2007

Who is intolerant

In the world today I see many groups, people, and individuals who receive much empathy because they are offended. They might be offended because the actions or speech of one crosses some previously unknown line, to the rationalized, seldom actual, detriment of another. The fact that the party of the first part may not have known of the party of the second, or their sensitivity, has no bearing on the issue. The offended person may now with no consideration for any consequences berate and belittle entire nations. The spleen once vented will be trumpeted around the world to the endless multitude of other offended parties. Those parties may declare war, or more realistically, blather about how some equally horrific slight was inflicted on them.
I seem to remember that if you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelped is the one that got hit. Most likely the loudest of the chronically offended lack the tolerance they demand of others. Those that have the most power, cannot be defeated by those that have no power. They can however, drive the world before them by their shrill whining.

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