Vegan Joe wrote:
I don't mean to insult you, but in the 56+ years of my life I have learned one thing.
No one, or anything can offend you, until you decide to become offended. You can choose to be offended or you can choose not to be offended.
Not to diminish you syndrome or insult you (remember you are not insulted until you choose to be insulted), But we must all take full responsibility for how and what we think. No one is is putting any thoughts in your head. You are choosing to think that way. Like it says in my signature "Happiness is a personal choice". Until you make the decision be happy right where you sit in the Universe (be it rich or poor, healthy or ill, single or attached, etc, etc.)you will constantly be at odds with yourself. Look around, you don't have to look far to find someone who's life's struggles are far more painful than yours, If you can't, you just need to look a little more, and you will soon see that life could be worse, so why not choose to be happy. It's a conscious effort at first but soon you won't even give it a thought. Another thing I've learned was that it's not important what others think about you. It's how you feel about yourself, so love yourself for who and what you are, which is a unique and valuable human being. Which no one can take from you unless you let them.
I'm going to go on the record and say that I highly, and I do emphasize on the "highly" part, disagree with you. Though you have some good advice and I know my struggles aren't as bad as others. But just because I'm autistic, even if it's only mildly, I am still a human being. I still have a soul, love feel emotions and even cry. Ask yourself have you been in a psych hospital? Did you grow up in South Boston during the time of Whitey Bulger and the turf wars? I may be younger than you, but that doesn't mean that I have no experiance. I have been used as peoples punching bag and toy to play with for a long time. And I'm here to say no more. You can destory an entire planet, and exterminate entire populations of people, but you'll never destroy what I am. I am a son of Odin, and even through death my soul and my spirit will live on for all of eternity. Sometimes words can hurt a lot more than punches.
As far as the whole, "you decide to become offended." Well that's a freedom you or anyone else can never take away from me. Though I am a man of honor and passion, do not assume that I cannot be provoked. 'Cause like the song says, "Forked tounges in bitter mouths can drive a man to bleed from inside out."