A True Saint- Why We Feel Offended and Why People Swear

In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects — all are fair game.

I got inspired from today’s prompt above to write about life’s philosophy, not a deep thought philosophy, but day to day philosophy we hold on in our daily life. Have you ever thought why we are mad when somebody said ‘fuck you’ or called us ‘ugly pig’?

Often times we would feel offended, we feel unappraciated and negatives thoughts linger after that, whether we are really like what they said. But of course it’s not the truth, what people said about us doesn’t necessarily true, only what we said about ourselves matters, and it doesn’t have to be true either. When someone having a bad day, his feeling is in chaos, then we do something they didn’t like, it probably results in swearing words like the example above. Often it’s not the act itself that make other’s pissed at us, but simply the feeling or mood they are having at the time. That’s why they are swearing, now let’s analyze why we feel offended.

We feel offended because when other’s doesn’t appreciate our being or the job we have done, we feel worthless. We start to question if we are worthless and it probably ended with such conclusion. People with high self esteem won’t feel that way simply because they know their worth and they understand why others do such unpleasant things.

It’s important to have a high self esteem, and perhaps to think a little philosophy behind our action.



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9 Responses to A True Saint- Why We Feel Offended and Why People Swear

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  5. adelarocha says:

    Interesting take on the source of being offended. I think another important consideration is context. For example, if a person I love and admire were to dismiss me and use hurtful language I would be offended. Not because what they said was true but because of the implications of the words used. I also agree that a person’s mental state might motivate them but it never excuses them. I believe people need to learn to not take their frustrations out on others.
    Interesting response to the prompt. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. In my country they say: It doesn’t matter what them say, but matters who says!
    In traslation, people close to you might offend more than those you don’t care about. And no matter of words used…

  8. I like swearing, but I don’t like offending people. Your entry makes me think a bit harder about this fact – nice one! 🙂

    I don’t think there are any swears in this one, although I can never be sure:

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