We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. – Abe Lincoln
Don’t get me wrong.
There are times when standing up against something offensive is warranted.
But we, as a society, have taken this too far for the most part.
I’ve spent a good chunk of my life working with vulnerable populations. Within this sector, well-meaning folks have declared certain terms offensive.
Many a supporter has said to me, “I’m concerned about homeless people and I want to help.”
Some might respond with, “…that offends me, I’d prefer if you said people who are experiencing homelessness.”
Instead of hearing the heart of the one who wants to help, they hear the words that offend them.
Ironically, those whom I have met living on the streets, refer to themselves as homeless people.
Yes, it’s important to not intentionally and maliciously offend, but it’s equally important to not be easily offended.
And so, I want to be someone who hears the heart behind the words.
~ DIANA’S ENORMOUS BOOK OF QUOTES ~