Ever know that person that has their opinion, which we all do, and is in a position in which they are in the minorty, the recipient of negative thoughts, the recipient of hate, and the person who has to try incredibly hard simply to justify why they should be allowed to be themselves?
We all know someone like this. We all love someone like this. We all deserve the chance to be ourselves, and to voice our opinions.
But then, has that person ever, in their opinions, treated those around them who don't "understand" with the same intolerance as has been shown unto them?
That's called hypocrisy.
Practice what you preach, and I couldn't be more serious about that. You have something you want to say? Say it. You want peace, you want happiness, you want equality? Fight for it. You want respect? You want acceptance? You want the freedom to your own opinion? Go for it. But give others the same courtesy. If you can't do that, don't open your mouth.
I might not always see eye to eye with this man, but he sure hit this nail on the head. "Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Remember, our words hold weight to many who hear them. You've got to be responsible for your actions, for those words. If you're going to offend people, be prepared to discuss it, be prepared for someone to say something, and be prepared not just to tolerate the fact that sometimes you may be wrong, but that just as you are free to be you, so are others free to be themselves.
Practice. What. You. Preach.
Some days I like to joke around.