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Tolerance

January 20, 2015

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What is tolerance? It seems to be something we all think we have amply in general, but rarely when it comes to specifics. We all like to think we are tolerant, but happily confess we can’t stand X, Y and Z. “We pride ourselves in being a tolerant society”, dither faceless leaders, while introducing legislation to victimise this group or that.

It is a quality I hear much about, in Britain especially. But I have to tell you, social awkwardness so crippling it ensures aggression is repressed is not tolerance. Bitching about each other quietly, in an interminable private internal monologue, isn’t tolerance. It’s just dysfunctional bigotry.

In any case, what sort of goal is “tolerance”? I don’t want to live in a society where we merely tolerate each other. What a mean little abstract noun to aim for. Understanding, compassion, support , love, grace, generosity – apparently, they’re just too lofty. The most we can hope to leave behind now is a sort of passive-aggression, masquerading as forbearance. My generation’s legacy.

Can we hurry up with Humanity v.2.0 please?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2015 8:43 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. William Tamblyn permalink
    January 20, 2015 8:50 pm

    Beautifully said IMO…

  3. Din permalink
    January 20, 2015 10:49 pm

    There is nothing stopping individuals or groups from going beyond tolerance to something more loving and constructive except our individual and group false egos.

  4. Rose permalink
    January 23, 2015 9:41 am

    Brilliant!

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