At the end of the day though, it is really about not doing stuff in poor taste or bad judgment ... always consider others.
Agreed, though some(I mean everywhere in life/in general
) will look for offense in anything/see it in anything, no matter how much one tries not to offend, and as such it's often better to be civil yet be one's self......this is why I often joke evenly & "across the board" on almost any topic**
, as I believe in the stance from one South Park Episode(I know, a silly TV show but it made a good point imo).....i.e. everything is allowed in jokes or nothing is.
(**-Of course there are exceptions....time and place/etc.....some more crude or crass jokes/talk I keep to private chats with people or on other sites more suited for such "bar room talk")
Doing jokes about poor people if you are an affluent one, is a perfect example.
Walk a mile in their shoes and see how funny it is.
I feel even this is ok if among friends in private and/or done tastefully......take the people who play bums in comedy skits/in comedy shows, for example. (i.e. a comedy skit with a bum character to me=okay, while people laughing in actual bum's faces=not okay)
Never make jokes at the expense of others.
Never put anything in a joke that would be offensive if taken seriously. ("It's just a joke" is not an excuse.)
That's just it......life is too short for any of us to let ourselves get offended at everything we can, or to overly worry if things we say or do might be offensive to others.
I say people should just be as nice as they can while being true to themselves and people should pick and choose more carefully what to let themselves be offended by(i.e. let the lesser things slide like water off a duck's back when possible).
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Don't pet a porcupine without proper hand protection.
Don't chew the gum you find on the bottom of tables and desks, even if it looks tempting.
Don't pass go without collecting $200