How do we have freedom of speech without offending?

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I’m struggling to understand quite how we, as a society, plan to balance out freedom of speech with not offending anyone.

Offence has grown in stature over the past decade – we are now supposed to not cause it and we are stymied in stating our opinions because of it.

To me this means keeping my mouth shut on many occasions as, even though I don’t think someone else’s ‘good enough’ is necessarily good enough, I am not to express this for fear of hurting feelings.

And yet, as a society we want to have freedom of speech. Does anyone else see the problem here?

Perhaps it’s time to accept offence as a by-product of life and stop being so affronted by what is said when speech is free.