WARNING! The following post contains absolutely nothing about theatrical design or production and may contain comments deemed ‘too offensive’ for some. If you think there may be a chance that you could possibly be offended perhaps you should leave this blog now and seek professional assistance.
“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”
is to believed to have been said by Rosa Parks (Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913 – 2005, African American civil rights activist)
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
In our present age and obsession with a sanitary completely un-offensive society, we should stop and ask ourselves – “how much are we willing to back up to satisfy someone else?” And, “just who is right and who is maybe not wrong but maybe just over sensitive?” As I have gotten older I am more and more convinced that there are more and more folks just looking for something to be offended or upset about – usually things that most folks would either just walk by or not even give a second chance. In other words why would a simple item or symbol that used to be considered commonplace by most folks now have to be removed as to not cause offense?
In my life there are many things that offend or upset me as well as lots of things I don’t agree with or support either politically or otherwise and my response is usually simple – just leave well enough alone. Just because I don’t like something or think its right I don’t feel that it is my place to force someone else to change it – I just deal with it and move on. Some folks now-a-days just haven’t figured this out. They seem to look for things to make issue with and others are just so afraid of being caught in the crossfire they retreat rather than allow common sense to prevail. The tables have so been turned that what used to be the normal in society is now under attack as closed-minded and offensive.
If we continue to retreat from anything controversial or possibly offensive eventually we will all end up sitting in an empty white room staring at the wall as that is the only way to escape the PC movement!