I Offend You, You Offend Me, We’re One Offended Family
I wrote a while ago about the culture of entitlement that is growing in our modern western world. This week in Canada, this has been taken to a new level by the national government which had taken offense with the Election Act. As it is currently written, the current governing party has found itself embroiled in a number of illegal breaches of the act. Because this government has a majority, it is flexing its muscle to deal with this offensive assault on its legitimacy by having the Election Act rewritten. This is just the latest responses to the government’s sense of entitlement and its retreat into positions of being offended and then lashing out at those who have offended them.
Science and scientists have been an on-going target. Because of their asking uncomfortable questions and publishing contradictory to official government statements, scientists have been gagged and ridiculed as elitist and out of touch with the real world and real people. Scientists have also found their access to research materials restricted as well as seeing some of their research materials placed in dumpsters and incinerated. Truth is not a concern. As long as the collective agrees with the divisive statements and policies of the current ruling government, the truth is banished behind a loud chorus of a government offended, a government that encourages others to take offense as well as they orchestrate who and what should be found offensive.
But, this taking offense at those who are different or disagree is not something new. We have fought wars of religion, property and ideas simply because we became angry that others dared a different way of seeing and understanding the world. Somehow, I think that social media and mass media have made it that much easier to create a growing culture of “being offended” with the belief that one has legitimate recourse against those who are perceived as “offending.” Regardless of why this culture of entitlement to act justifiably when offended is gaining more power, our modern world is spiraling away from conscious participation into reactive collective unconscious behaviours.