As a white male in society, I've learned over time (as well as been academically taught) that anything I say or that any opinion I have has the potential to be offensive.
In fact, anything anyone says these days seems to offend someone, somewhere.
It's a bit absurd, actually. To be honest, I am getting a sick of it.
Before anyone tries to put me on blast: It's not that I'm getting sick of humans becoming more aware of themselves in a diverse society, nor am I getting sick of people challenging others to see a more open view; what I am sick of is the constant barrage of static campaigns that lead to no result. I'm sick of the pop-up societies and activist groups that charge at full steam over a lot of nonsense. I am sick of the those who use social media to burn others at the cross for having an opinion. And mostly, I am sick of the huge deals people make over small things.
It seems the world is just too easily offended. It's like we're a bunch of heat-seeking missiles ready to launch on small situations. We have taken politically correct to a whole new level. It doesn't appear to be nearing its end.
The latest issue to bother me is Coca-Cola's apology for a recent commercial (it has since pulled) that depicted white urban youth passing out sodas to Mexico's indigenous people. It has been blasted by activist groups that say Coca-Cola is portraying the indigenous community as culturally and racially subordinate. But to Coke, it was simply someone doing something nice for someone else. But, of course, someone was offended.
Then, one of my biggest nails-on-the-chalkboard moment came when Syracuse University did away with the kiss cam at its sporting events. Why? You guessed it — someone was offended. The kiss cam? Come on, man. That's tradition.
The Pew Research Center released a study in November that stated 40 percent of millennials are in favor of limiting speech that's offensive to minorities — and that the government should be able intervene. This means the government can prosecute someone for having an opinion and that free speech should be limited under the First Amendment.
It seems that having an opinion is becoming dangerous. More so, having an opinion that doesn't lead to world peace makes you a jerk. What happened to minding your own business? What happened to shrugging things off and moving on to something more important? What happened to picking battles that are worth the fight?
Social media has allowed anyone to become an activist — and that's not always a good thing. Why? Because there is so much noise in our heads about every little detail that we're missing the big events. We have to unite on fronts that we can win together. We can't focus on every little Negative Nancy.
Focus on being you, on being good for yourself and on being a good influence on others. You can't start WWIII over spilled soup everyday. Especially on Facebook.