The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
ShrugI mean, I guess that separates you from me. I'm someone who won't even say "Merry Christmas" to a stranger, because for all I know they're Jewish. If I did it probably wouldn't offend them anyway, but why say it when "Happy Holidays," captures the same well wishes?
Sure, and to some people I say one thing and to others another. To me, it is all the same. Maybe I shouldn't treat people like I would hope the same from them? I am certainly not going to be offended if someone wishes me a "Happy Hanuka!" I would smile and wish them one in return. I suppose to me that is one of the big problems-- other than if I am describing someone ("So, what does he look like?") I try not to see people as any different. A person is a person. Like many here I have friends from all walks of life and work with an even greater variety. I mean, If I did wish someone a "Merry Christmas" and they replied "Happy Hanuka" I would be just as happy. They are wishing me well for their holiday--and I think that is awesome! And I would respond "Thanks! Happy Hanuka!" back.
Anyway, I see too often when someone takes offense, and frankly, it seems like they are taking offense simply because they can, not because they are really offended, and in a sense abusing the consideration they now demand from others; it also weakens my response when some is truly offended when they do that. It is unfortunate as well because I am sure something really does drive that anger, but by using "being offended" that way I feel less for them then if they addressed the real issue if there is one.
Maybe I am just a bit bitter because I see it a lot? I don't know, but it has taken me to the point where I just about don't care anymore--and from someone who used to care a lot, it saddens me to realize that. I see too much going on in the world today that just makes me ask, "Are you serious?" and shake my head...