GAWD, IT’S OUT­RA­GEOUS

IT BEATS ME HOW PEO­PLE CAN BE SHOCKED, OUTRAGED AND OF­FENDED ABOUT LIT­TLE ANNOYANCES BUT WE DON’T HEAR A PEEP FROM THEM ON THE BIG PROB­LEMS

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | TUGBOAT TALES - WORDS: ASH­LEY ROBINSON

What is it with the hu­man race these days? It seems to me ev­ery­one just wants to be shocked and outraged about every­thing and ev­ery­body.

The lat­est is that God ap­par­ently is what­ever gen­der you want him or her to be (or pos­si­bly both him and her com­bined, if you know what I mean).

So some are ter­ri­bly of­fended that we have called God him and not her, and I must say, do I re­ally care?

I am quite happy for peo­ple to call their god what­ever they want.

It is not go­ing to out­rage me and I am not go­ing to make it an is­sue on my so­cial plat­form.

If you think I am be­ing some­what con­tentious, I apol­o­gise.

I hope you aren’t outraged that I don’t care if God is Mr, Mrs or in be­tween.

I know what mine is and re­ally that’s all that mat­ters.

I won’t push my be­liefs on to any­one and ex­pect noth­ing more or less in re­turn. Out­rage is the buzz word at the mo­ment. I re­cently saw a Face­book trail of some­one who wasn’t happy be­cause they went to Tar­get to buy a shirt for their daugh­ter and wanted a di­nosaur on the shirt.

But I think there were only teapots and fairies in the girls’ sec­tion but the boys sec­tion had plenty of di­nosaurs – that was the prob­lem, ap­par­ently.

This post started a posse about why there was a boys’ and girls’ sec­tion and not just a kids’ sec­tion and why all the clothes weren’t in to­gether so girls could have what the boys had etc.

The ar­gu­ment was based around why they were dis­ad­van­taged by hav­ing to go to the boys’ sec­tion in the search for di­nosaurs.

What sur­prised me was the num­ber of

peo­ple who agreed with them.

There was ac­tu­ally no one dis­agree­ing at the time I read the post.

Some were outraged and thought it was wor­thy of a story in the me­dia.

I was ac­tu­ally outraged at their out­rage, shocked and pos­si­bly discrimina­ted against and felt like I was in a mi­nor­ity group who were be­ing ig­nored – bullied even.

Yes, I am kid­ding.

I hope I never of­fended you by my false out­rage, but I can­not be­lieve where we are go­ing as a na­tion.

So­cial me­dia is just tak­ing con­trol for all the wrong rea­sons.

Those who aren’t happy post some­thing, then away it goes end­lessly.

Rather than worry about di­nosaurs on kids’ shirts and what gen­der God is, wouldn’t we be bet­ter putting some ef­fort into the things that re­ally should out­rage us?

Here are a cou­ple to start with: par­ents smok­ing with in­fants in the car. Let’s get outraged about that.

An­other is our jus­tice sys­tem or, more suc­cinctly, our un-jus­tice sys­tem where po­lice do the hard work and then a sus­pended sen­tence is given in the hope of re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing some­one with a string of of­fences against law-abid­ing cit­i­zens. For an ex­am­ple, look in the pa­per any day of the week.

Let’s get outraged about the State Gov­ern­ment want­ing to raise the age of youth of­fend­ers so they can’t be pros­e­cuted and leave Tar­get and God for an­other day.

“I WAS AC­TU­ALLY OUTRAGED AT THEIR OUT­RAGE, SHOCKED AND POS­SI­BLY DISCRIMINA­TED AGAINST AND FELT LIKE I WAS IN A MI­NOR­ITY GROUP WHO WERE BE­ING IG­NORED – BULLIED EVEN.”

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