A while back I wrote a few posts where I called suicide cowardly. The titles and content were intentionally rather provocative, to promote discussion.
It served its purpose. In the comments sections of the articles an interesting and enlightening discussion ensued, where I admitted I was wrong (at least to a large extent) and learned several things from posters who made very good points and challenged my views (I unfortunately can’t recall the names of the posters – you know who you are).
You know what those people were not? Offended. And why not? I’m speaking for them, but I can think of a couple of reasons that would make sense. One is that being offended serves no purpose except to push me away. I won’t take you as seriously if you’re offended because then you’re writing in a spirit of anger, and in my experience emotion often clouds judgment. Also, a lack of respect for me is going to make it harder for me to address your points with the respect they, perhaps, observe.
Another point is that, objectively, what I wrote should not be considered offensive. It should be considered, if you disagree, wrong. I attacked no person, nor any group of people, and whether or not you think it was effective in my posts I made an effort to specifically differentiate between an individual act and the person who happened to be committing it. To be offended by my comments would be to show you did not understand them, or else were so close to the issue that emotion indeed clouded your judgment.
Instead, your reaction should have been what the reaction of my commenters was: disagreement with reasons given as to why. Because I saw that disagreement I reevaluated my views and learned something.
Now, what do you think my reaction would have been if a nitwit like Mark Shea looked at my posts and said that they’re “gut punching people grieving suicides” (unfortunately I can’t find that link; Crude may have it), what purpose would that have served? Would I have learned anything? Would a substantial point be made?
That is SJW behavior. And that is not a good thing.