Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life
My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Have I offended you? Have I said something that upset you? Has something I've written conflicted so deeply with your beliefs that you've cursed my very existence? Did I do something that sickened you, so distasteful was it to you and your faith? Then I say congratulations! I am so very happy for you!
I am an outspoken atheist, a champion of LGBT rights, and a believer in logic and reason. As such, I am certain that I've pissed off more than a few folks. I've been told as much, to my face. In fact, I've had much worse said to me.
Perhaps you took umbrage at the way I recite the pledge of allegiance in the morning at my kids' school. Maybe it was a picture I posted on Facebook that conflicts with your beliefs. It might have been a comment I made about something you tweeted that forced you to question your worldview. Maybe it was my "Atheists" t-shirt (or, for that matter, my fashion sense in general) that upset you. It could have been so many things.
What ever it was that I said or did that offended you, well, you're welcome.
Because now you have experienced what makes this country different and, dare I say it, so much better than so many other countries around the world. You get what makes America a free country. You have lived the First Amendment.
There are countries where no one says anything offensive or contrary to the established, approved beliefs. To do so invites imprisonment or even death. There are places where voicing dissent, no matter how minor, is forbidden. Here, however, we can say whatever we want. With the hugely diverse population we have here, everyone is bound to, at some point in their life, encounter something they find offensive. Whether it's hateful christians or militant atheists, everyone gets to have their say and, yes, you should be glad of it because that's what gives you the right to say and do that which others may very well find offensive.
So, I say again, congratulations on living the American dream -- freedom. Enjoy it while you can because there are those who would take it away from us.