Pre-apology (Issued June 5, 2020)

Allow me to apologize today to anyone offended by any of my future words. With the issuance of this document you will no longer need to feel offended by anything I say as I have pre-apologized for saying it. You can remain calm and I can be spared your rebuke. We can maintain our pre-existing level of mutual intolerance.

This pre-apology document was necessitated by societal trends that suggest people just can’t wait to be offended by almost anyone about almost anything.

I grew up in a time when person to person discussion was often successful in resolving disagreements. Then along came social media and with it the safety of hiding behind a screen through which insults could be registered and supportive co-offended people could be recruited. Almost overnight, people seemed to crave being offended so they could play the game.  

The game starts with party one making a statement concerning their personal beliefs. Party two seizes upon that statement and goes into “offended” mode. Parties three through dozens more weigh in on one side or the other with a simple click of a “like” or comment and the game is on. In mathematics parlance this would be considered division and we have become quite good at it.

Once started, the game does not easily end; the current issue being argued over grows tiresome to all parties and fades away as the offended class eagerly awaits their next opportunity to be offended.

Note to New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, I invite you to adopt this Pre-apology policy.

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com. Follow Bill on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billramseyauthor/
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5 Responses to Pre-apology (Issued June 5, 2020)

  1. Dukewoodhull@aol.com says:

    Excellent…very insightful!

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  2. Edward says:

    My life has been hell – for the past 12 1/2 years.
    It started with the “coronation” of Obama.
    The 2016 election of a new President didn’t slow down the Deep State, the democrats nor the RINOS.
    They quickly implemented (this time publicly) their coup against our duly elected President.
    The world of hell they created continues today with all this shit swirling around us.
    It seems to be NEVER Ending, and worsens daily.
    I can’t even watch the news without wanting to lash out at one of THEM.
    I fear we are looking at the making of our second Civil War.
    May God have Mercy on us!

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  3. HENRY CRESWELL says:

    Me Too Bill i came up in a time and place when i remember that all it was only “Person To Person”.
    Bill it reminded me of a song during my youth called “Person To Person by The Average White Band and they rocked,1974. Keep on Writing Bill.and have a good weekend. Tippy.

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  4. I am seriously offended by your apology . . . and I do not intend to apologize for feeling that way! Great post. 🙂

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