No Offense, But...
I've always been curious about what offends people. It seems the past year has had a lot of posturing from people in both parties who are "mortally offended" by an innocent comment made by another person. Take last night's State of the Union Address... the talking heads from both sides are dissecting and reacting and whining. And don't even get me started about the cast of The View. Those "ladies" can get offended by a speck of dust.
I've found in office politics, many people CHOOSE to get offended by something. And thus begins the lobs of accusations, innuendo, and counter-insults. I'm curious how many office politics conflicts would be avoided if we just let some things slide. You heard me. Don't tattle to the boss. Don't file a report with HR. Don't send of a scathing email CC-ing and BCC-ing 50 million others. Just ignore it and let it slide. Even better, just laugh it off. Yes, if somebody is doing something that is truly WRONG (i.e., directly targeted at an individual or violation of company policy or HR regulations or illegal), then they should be called on it. However, if someone "overhears" a comment or sees something they just don't like, can it be ... well... just dropped?
Maybe there's just too much drama in the world already and what we really need is to develop a sense of humor and laugh more. Then we might actually get more accomplished in the long run.