Is This Offensive?


“Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn’t exist in any declaration I have ever read.

If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn’t occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don’t like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don’t like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.

To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.”
― Salman Rushdie


Lately taking offence has become the most popular hobby among the population. Everybody is offended by something whether it be a flag, a candidate, a right acknowledged by the U.S. Supreme Court (Yes I said acknowledged not given. It has long puzzled me that minorities claim to fight for rights. That to me misses the mark. We all have the same rights. What minorities actually fight for is their rights to be acknowledged by others. Any time they ask for or demand equal rights they are putting themselves in a subservient position. Either rights are inherent and everyone has them or they aren’t. No one can give or take them away, they can only acknowledge them or not but I digress) a style of dance, what some celebrity chooses to wear or be. There is no end to people getting angry at something that someone else has said or done.
Well, who asked them and what do they expect to happen? If someone or a group of someones tells you that something you said or did offends them, you might make changes. At least the first few times it happened. Eventually tho, it wears thin. It may even get to the point where you are told that almost everything you do or say offends someone even if it is something totally different even opposite to what you were told is offensive in the first place. If everything we do or say is offensive to someone than it will get to the point where we just say “Screw this, I am going to do what it is in me to do or say what is in me to say and they will just have to get over it.”
Part of the reason why loudly taking offence has grown so popular, in my opinion is that it is a power trip. Most people don’t wish to be offended, especially when it affects their lives or relationships. Most of us will go out of our way to make changes to accommodate others. It is easy to enjoy the sense of power that this brings. Power corrupts is a cliche but it is a true one and it is way too easy to become abusive with it.It would benefit us to realize the responsibility that comes with this power and use it wisely.
Blessings, G


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Songs From the WoodSongs From the Wood by G A Rosenberg


Scarlet and IndigoScarlet and Indigo by G A Rosenberg


ShadesShades by G A Rosenberg


Intertwined Tales


“Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another’s, were no longer our own, individual, discrete.”
― Salman Rushdie


Who can say their story is wholly their own? Whether or not we intend them to our lives touch each others usually in the best ways. We form relationships and intertwine our experiences and our paths out of choice or out of the necessity of learning what the other has to offer. At the beginning of our lives we start out as part of the tale of our parents and from there as our own story unravels we become part of so many others. Without other people how many tales would we have? Would it be an endless soliloquy? Even when alone we are part of the story of the Earth and the humanity upon it. By reading these words I have become part of your tale and you part of mine. May our story be a happy one full of joy and love.
Blessings, G


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Portal LiasonPortal Liaison by G A Rosenberg


Border CrossingBorder Crossing by G A Rosenberg


Integrating My Experience


“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.”
― Salman Rushdie


How do our experiences shape us? How do we take what life gives us and make something worthwhile and of value if only to us? During the last two weeks I have seen so much both in experiencing new shores and people and in seeing some of the most famous and beautiful works of art ever created. As much fun as it is, it has also been somewhat overwhelming and I will no doubt spend months (if not years) integrating it all. At the same time I will experience much more. In the art I created today, I have made the first attempts at incorporating visually some of the wonder I’ve seen. Hopefully as time passes I will find that my palate and abilities have grown. In this way the adventure continues.
Blessings, G


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Restored ShephardRestored Shepherd by G A Rosenberg


Nude Shadow Beside TreeNude Shadow Beside Tree by G A Rosenberg