U N D E R N E A T H T H E S T A I R W E L L
To be offended by what someone else says is your own choice, as you don’t have to care about what other people think, and nothing has actually happened to you.
Information merely passed from their mind to yours. To state that you are offended means that you wish the person hadn’t said it and won’t say anything similar again.
In other words, you actually want to stop certain information from being communicated. You must believe that you have some sort of right to dictate not only what people can and can’t communicate, but what they can and can’t think.
To be offended is to take the first step in being a totalitarian megalomaniac.