Horrible, even if you’re not offended

2 Apr

I just caught comedian Louis C.K.’s opening monologue for Saturday Night Live, and he nailed a very simple concept: that things can be horrible, even if no one feels offended. And the fact that no one’s offended says more about us than about the nature of the thing itself. Which leaves us with the question: so what do we do? Do we need someone to be offended (or more specifically, to let us know they’re offended–which presumes they have the agency to tell us) in order for a horrible thing to matter to us?

I won’t ruin great comedy–and truth–by summarizing it here. You can watch his monologue here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/615361.

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