On resisting the lure of offense, a Stoic perspective

To get offended is to concede that another has succeeded in hurting you

It is a generally agreed to observation, these days, that our culture makes people more prone to take offense at other people’s opinions or speech than at any time in recent memory. The Right deplores this state of affairs, talking about “snowflake” liberals. The Left, by contrast, defends not only the right of people belonging to certain historically oppressed classes to feel offended, but…