I know that sounds like a really funny question, but I'm actually dead serious! During all my years from elementary school through high school, there was always one kid who was just a total thorn in my side, who I thought was a total, absolute jerk. And even though that kid may have gone into a different class or rode on a different bus, there always seemed to be another creep who came along and took his place! No matter what, or no matter who, it seemed like I was always doomed to have some total jerk making my life miserable in school. Until... One day I had something of an epiphany. What if I'm the one with a problem?! Am I making a bad situation worse somehow? I'm certainly not saying that I was actually the jerk and the other guy wasn't (heaven forbid!). But...what if somehow I've gotten used to the idea of having a "bad guy" in my life? Have I gotten just a little too used to having a "thorn in my side"? Instead of allowing myself to be provoked into an argument or throwing insults back, couldn't I have just ignored the jerk? Maybe the whole question has larger philosophical implications in terms of the whole world, and the human race at large! What if we all somehow, at least on some level, need a "bad guy," or an "enemy," in our lives? Is this where humanity's problems with race, religion, and political partisanship have their roots?! Another thing also recently occurred to me: In my opinion, the reason why some people so easily take offense at what other people say is that they're extremely angry and antagonistic, and they're just looking for an excuse to lash out and berate those other people. Granted, the thing that was said may be genuinely offensive and in very bad taste, but the point is that that some people need some way of channelling their negative energy and actually need something to be against on a regular basis. It's a vicious circle, in other words... I'm certainly not saying that things some people say aren't offensive, or that other people don't have the right to be angry about them. It's just that sometimes it's so easy to find purpose in being outraged, regardless of whether or not it's actually offensive or not. In other words, it's all about the mindset of the offended! This isn't meant to be political or partisan in any way. Although while we're on the subject, I'm very much a liberal and never, ever voted Republican in my life. I'm just not insanely PC, that's all... Thoughts? Opinions? Comments? Offensive remarks? I welcome all of them! I certainly hope it's a subject worth at least a small amount of discussion! Or am I just totally full of it?