I was actually reading another blog by some woman who thinks she is funny. She claims to be the anti-Christ or something. Don't go there but the link is here, just so I can say that I sited my sources.
Anyway, now back to me. So, the line said that being offended was the bi product of going outside or something like that. That line really got me thinking and albeit funny, I had to prove this wrong.
Now, before we go any further, let me just say that I am all about low expectations so I don't post too many of my brilliant thoughts. That's right, just the crappy ones (only the best for my readers). Seriously though, if I start posting epiphanies, Oprah moments or life changing ideas on here, that's what you are going to start to expect from me. Nope, we can't have any of that around here.
Anyway, back on track. I was pondering this very line as I was sitting in McDonalds having my cheeseburger. There's nothing like a good cheeseburger and this was nothing like a good cheeseburger. I got to thinking about the clown that the kids love. Ya'know, Ronald, the giver of cheeseburgers and nuggets. In fact, if you ask most kids where cheeseburgers come from, I'll bet they would say, "McDonalds".
Sure, why not. For some strange reason, we would rather think that cheeseburgers come from a clown than a cow. To me, that seems a bit creepy but if you think about the cow in the slaughterhouse, that is just offensive. Then, it struck me, being offended is when reality slips through your illusions. See, we like to have the illusion that a cheeseburger comes from a clown but the reality is that is comes from a dead cow and when the reality sneaks past our illusion, we find ourselves being offended.
We all want the cops to put the bad guys in jail and keep us safe. We have the illusion that the cop says, "You're under arrest" and the guy just puts his hands behind his back and gets in the car. The reality is that the bad guys try to run and even fight because, believe it or not, they don't like to go to jail. So, the cops often have to use some sort of force to get these guys off the streets but if we see a video of it, we get offended. See, reality slips past our illusions and we become offended.
Granted, I am still going to enjoy my cheeseburgers and that may go over like a fart in church but like I said, I'm all about low expectations. Oh hey, "Fart in church", another great example, reality is that people fart, illusion is that they don't do that in church. Well, except those people that don't worry about offending anyone, they probably fart wherever they want, like that offended blogger.