Bill Maher, in his opinion piece, Please Stop Apologizing (NY Times, March 22,2012) asks us to stop being hurt by every perceived slight, to stop taking offense at the slightest wrong word. What Mr. Maher doesn’t mention is how that perception of hurt, widely disseminated, is advantageous to many and is used as a starting point to create a platform of perceived righteousness. This is not only disingenuous but serves to create a climate of false dialogue and fallacious sense of caring about others.
Let’s save our righteous indignation for things that really matter. Let’s speak truth, and truly stop hurting each other when there are more important things out there waiting for us.
Letter to The New York Times, March 22, 2012