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originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
If I make an intentionally offensive statement about Cancer or Rape how can a person choose which emotional response that will invoke?
That's like saying you can choose to find something funny, or upsetting...
Or you can choose what angers you...
If it's a meaningless statement of course it can be a choice...
But your generalisations on the "taking offence" hypothesis I have explained are flawed numerous times.
originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
Being offended is a reaction to your sense abilities. You choose some of them but not all. So the answer is yes and no.
Clear as mud right?
originally posted by: Sinter Klaas
Being offended is a reaction. Whatever you decide to do because of it, that is a choice.
Edit: For second question.
People get offended all the time and they should shield themselves for it, because nobody is responsible for another mans reaction, the emotions you feel are very personal, and feeling offended almost always is a negative emotion and can lead to very negative consequences.
So getting offended should be a crime or something.
originally posted by: woodwardjnr
a reply to: Jamie1 I can't remember the last time I was offended. I don't have a religion you could offend, I'm reasonably thick skinned. I very much doubt you could offend me on ats. I'm a very polite individual in real life and kind of expect the same from others. If people want to go around being offensive that's up to them. It won't get them far in life and is likely to alienate a lot of people from their lives. Life's much better for everyone if you try to be polite and nice in your dealings on the whole. Why would you want to offend?