Before I forget it, the reader might be interested to realize that when Defrag is run on Windows 98SE, the image produced has the same depth-vision-perception-effect characteristic as when one sees a repeated-pattern-designed picture of paper (and I wish I knew how to describe this better) which, when one "looks behind the repeated-patterned design stereoscopically with both eyes" sees a virtual 3-dimensional image embedded within the repeated-pattern-designed picture.
Now, on to the main topic.
Upon conveying some comment to someone, particularly one to whom one has never communicated at before, their response sometimes is: "I am insulted by your remark." "I consider your suggestion offensive."
In essence, they indicate that they were "intimidated."
Why did they say that? What did they find "insulting" or "offensive" about the comment or comments made? How is that supposed to be responded to by the alleged "offender" or "insulter?" Should the purported "offender" or "insulter" now change his or her mind, retract their position and henceforce consider their previous beliefs invalid and inappropriate or evil?
Should the supposedly "offended" or "insulted" or "intimidated" ever consider whether or not the alleged "offender" or "insulter" or "intimidater" is correct and has a valid observation?
Should the commentator cease further communication to the one (and maybe everyone else) who claims (or similarly might claim) to have been (or become) "insulted" or "offended?"
Recently, when on Facebook, there was a strange guy I never heard of before who took it upon himself to react against my retort against a general "numerous-transitional-species-exist-and-have-been-fossiled premise" which someone else had made. The strange guy said that he was "insulted" by my objection to the numerous-transition-species-exist-and-have-been-fossilized premise.
In my response to the "insulted" guy, I stated: "My intention to object to the transitional-fossils premises was not to insult, humiliate, offend, nor embarrass you nor anyone else...but merely to correct false and non-scientific presumption (whether from you or anyone else) that there are transitional species which have and/or do exist - when in fact there are none whatsoever...furthermore proven on the grounds of Job 11:12 which states: 'A stupid man will get understanding, when a wild donkey's colt is born a man.'
I guess the "insulted" one figured I was calling him 'stupid' because of which he reacted against me personally as "insulting" him.
Obviously: "If the shoe fits, wear it."
In further comments back to him, I informed him that whether or not he considered my book-of-Job quotation to him personally "insulting," that was "up to him" and quite "irrelevant" concerning the vital subject at hand, and my motivation was simply to correct his (and anyone else's) false transitional-species-exist premise to be concordant with the book-of-Genesis statement that the Creator God created lifeforms to reproduce: after their own kinds as the Biblical record plainly states.
Should people be offended when warnings are given to them....either by signs posted to indicate potential danger to themselves and others....or personally and verbally to correct a false and possibly-life-threatening presumption which they themselves concoct or gullibly believed from others which is needlessly and perhaps even dangerously false?
Sometimes, the Authority Factor gets in the way. "You must believe ME because I said it, and I am boss over you, and I know more than you, and you are woefully ignorant and inferior compared to me" is the misfortunate impression many people frequently get - causing them to lamentably "miss the point" entirely regarding the vital warning or correction sometimes crucial for survival.
Sometimes, however, the Authority Factor is expedient -- especially when there is not enough time to exhaustively convey time-consuming details of the reasoning or rationale and complete-enough explanation related to a brief command warning.
For example, the frequently-multi-colored sign on a power substation reads: "DANGER" "HIGH VOLTAGE" or the skull-and-crossbones sign on a bottle is accompanied with the word: "POISON."
In the case of the brief-and-concise "DANGER. HIGH VOLTAGE" sign, the relatively-ignorant or dull-of-mind might not realize the intricate electromagnetic and biohazard specifics of exactly why violating the sign would probably be lethal and fatal, but the barbed-wire fence combined with perhaps an additional "NO TRESPASSING" sign accompanying the "DANGER. HIGH VOLTAGE" (and enforced by police patrols) sign is an Authority Factor which facilitates obedience to comply with the implied and inferred restriction.
Note that the substation sign does give an adequate-enough indication of what is the reasoning and rationale for the barbed-wire Authority Factor signs, with the additional words: "HIGH VOLTAGE." That is understandable and expected, and further note that no sign (excepts perhaps the implications of the "NO TRESPASSING" sign) around the substation forbids one to touch whatever (which touching could eventually result in consequential electrocution):
Colossians 2:20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations,
21 "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch"
22 referring to things which all perish as they are used, according to human precepts and doctrines?
23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting rigor of devotion and self-abasement and severity to the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh.
Actually, people expect other people to give them warning signs, and if such other people do not do so, the people harmed by the lack of warning signs might sue them for not warning them, or the relatives or employers of the deceased-because-of-not-being-warned will sue and collect monetary damages:
Exodus 19:21 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to the LORD to gaze and many of them perish.
Deuteronomy 8:19 And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you this day that you shall surely perish.
Jeremiah 4:16 Warn the nations that he is coming; announce to Jerusalem, "Besiegers come from a distant land; they shout against the cities of Judah.
Ezekiel 3:18 If I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Ezekiel 3:19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life.
3:21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning; and you will have saved your life."
Luke 12:5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him!
Luke 16:28 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
Second Corinthians 13:2 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit,
21 ...envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Second Thessalonians 3:15 Do not look on him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
Revelation 22:18 I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
It is no laughing matter to see a non-warned person suffer and become injured by accident. Would you the reader like such to be done to you, and then see me laugh at you in your pain as if it all was some sort of comedy routine?
But sometimes warnings are not only non-necessary, but are counter-productive and even irrationally wicked:
Acts 4:17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to any one in this name [of Jesus]."
In those cases, warnings turn out to be demonic superstitions which stifle and cripple what should instead be guiltless liberty and freedom:
First Timothy 4:7 (RSV) Have nothing to do with godless and silly myths. Train yourself in godliness;
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
9 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance.
10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
First Timothy 4:7 (KJ21) But reject profane [proface conveys substantially-different meaning than: godless] and old wives' [old wives' is better than: silly!] fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little [a somewhat misleading phraseology, possibly implying or insinuating relative worthlessness of needed weight-reduction exercise for good health], but godliness is profitable unto [the unto can and should be replaced with simply: to] all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 For therefor we both labor [I like the word labor instead of toil] and suffer reproach [suffer reproach is a whole different idea than strive!], because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
Titus 1:10 For there are many insubordinate men, empty talkers [especially some on talk radio and TV, not to mention newsprint editorialists!] and deceivers....
11 they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for base gain what they have no right to teach.
13 ...Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14 instead of giving heed to jewish myths or to commands of men who reject the truth.
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works; they are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
It is usually not pleasant to be warned, for that usual involves inconvenient and disruptive change of behavior, which in turn is sometimes vigorously accompanied with the equivalent of "kicking and screaming" whether audibly and/or even physically:
Job 6:25 How forceful are honest words! But what does reproof from you reprove?
Proverbs 1:23 Pay attention to my reproof; hey, I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.
1:25 and you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
3:11 My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof,
5:12 ...and you say, "How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof!"
9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
10:17 He who heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof goes astray.
12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
12:16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent man ignores an insult.
13:18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.
15:10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; he who hates reproof will die.
21:16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.
23:13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die [but do not overdo it].
29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Second Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
Generally, normal people do not warn others for no good reason, not only because of retribution coming from not warning others when warnings are expected and even mandatory, but because we live in an interdependent society in which if one does not warn the other, the lack of warning and disaster following will in some way or ways hurt the one who should have given the warning.
If some guy owes me $1000, and I see him walking on the path of a hidden pit down the road, and do not warn him, and he falls in and dies, I will not get the $1000 from him which he owes me. As a result, I won't be able to pay the one I owe, and that guy won't be able to pay the one he owes, and there will be a cascading domino effect of financial disaster which will virtually be endless.
Warnings have to be taken at face value, even if one cannot see the total reasoning behind the warning, and if no one "has an axe to grind."
If a man meets a woman, and tells her he wants to have sex with her, and she says: "OK," the guy can further proceed at face value with the sensual mechanics of whatever logically follows. If, however, she says: "NO!," (especially without being mis-attired with long long hair or exposing her sleevesless naked arms, slacksless nude legs, and/or partial barefootedness without wearing socks), her rejection should be believed and accepted literally.....unless she (in some way or ways) indicates otherwise (like by denuding herself while simultaneously objecting, or doing the following, in which her "No" could possibly be taken as the opposite):
Deuteronomy 25:11 When men fight with one another, and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts,
12 then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall have no pity.
Or when voluntarily and consentually committing entrapment by advertising as a escort or masseuse or "underaged"-teen vice-cop decoy:
Ezekiel 16:15 But you trusted in your beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown, and lavished your harlotries on any passer-by.
16 You took some of your garments, and made for yourself gaily decked shrines, and on them played the harlot; the like has never been, nor ever shall be.
17 You also took your fair jewels of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself images of men, and with them played the harlot;
18 and you took your embroidered garments to cover them, and set My oil and My incense before them.
19 Also My bread which I gave you; I fed you with fine flour and oil and honey, you set before them for a pleasing odor, says the Lord GOD.
20 And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter
21 that you slaughtered My children [by abortion homicide?] and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them?
22 And in all your abominations and your harlotries you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, weltering in your blood.
23 And after all your wickedness -- "Woe, Woe to you!" says the Lord GOD --
24 you built yourself a vaulted chamber [advertising on TV, in tabloids, Yellow Pages, and on the internet], and made yourself a lofty place in every square;
25 at the head of every street you built your lofty place and prostituted your beauty, offering yourself to any passer-by, and multiplying your harlotry.
26 You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, multiplying your harlotry, to provoke Me to anger.
27 Hey, therefore, I stretched out my hand against you, and diminished your allotted portion, and delivered you to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior.
28 You played the harlot also with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; yes, you played the harlot with them, and still you were not satisfied.
29 You multiplied your harlotry also with the trading land of Chaldea; and even with this you were not satisfied.
30 "How lovesick is your heart," says the Lord GOD, "seeing you did all these things, the works of a brazen harlot;
31 building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned hire.
32 Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband!
33 Men give gifts to all harlots; but you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from every side for your harlotries.
34 So you were different from other women in your harlotries: none solicited you to play the harlot; and you gave hire, while no hire was given to you; therefore you were different."
35 Wherefore, harlot, hear the word of the LORD:
36 Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because your shame was laid bare and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotries with your lovers, and because of all your idols, and because of the blood of your children that you gave to them,
37 therefore, hey, I will gather all your lovers, with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved and all those you loathed; I will gather them against you from every side, and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.
38 And I will judge you as women who break wedlock and shed blood are judged, and bring upon you the blood of wrath and jealousy.
39 And I will give you into the hand of your lovers, and they shall throw down your vaulted chamber and break down your lofty places; they shall strip you of your clothes and take your fair jewels, and leave you naked and bare.
40 They shall bring up a host against you, and they shall stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords."
A vice-cop decoy saying one thing and then deceitfully doing the opposite is not only hypocritical, but a sexually-harassing violation against:
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named [suggested] among you, as is fitting among saints.
The same principle applies when shopping: We should NOT lead a salesperson on to presume that we are going to buy something from him or her, only to disappoint them by walking away without purchasing whatever they sort of expected us to purchase. It is better to not even enter or come near the shop rather than deceitfully lead them on and then let them down.
Numbers 5:18 (RSV & NASV) And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and unbind the hair of the woman's head, and place in her hands the cereal offering of remembrance, which is the cereal offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse.
Isaiah 47:1 Come down and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers [sounds athletic!].
3 Your nakedness shall be exposed, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no man.
4 Our Redeemer: the LORD of hosts is his name, is the Holy One of Israel.
5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms.
Jeremiah 2:20 For long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds; and you said, 'I will not serve.' Yes, upon every high hill and under every green tree you bowed down as a harlot.
21 Yet I planted you a choice vine, wholly of pure seed. How then have you turned degenerate and become a wild vine?
22 Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me [also your cannot-wash-it-off permanent venereal diseases] says the Lord GOD.
23 How can you say, 'I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals'? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done: a restive young camel interlacing her tracks,
24 a wild ass used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.
25 Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.'
First Corinthians 11:14 Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him,
15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her pride? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
16 If any one is disposed to be contentious, we recognize no such practice [of allowing a woman to regard her loose-long-haired mopheadedness as adequate for a public prayer shawl or veil or covering], nor do the churches of God.
...are implied and inferred warnings given to all people, and even though the ignorant, mis-informed, slaves-to-seasonal-immodesty-customs, or dull of mind do not understand the mentality behind such warnings relating to far-reaching consequences if not heeded, the myriad and ceaselessly-mutating individual and sociologically-aggregate catastrophes resulting from insanely and defiantly disregarding such warnings is neither bypassed nor eliminated by such rebellious and irresponsible disregard.