” I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death you right to say it.”                                                                                                                                  –Voltaire

Th capacity to tolerate views of which one disapproves is underpinned by the conviction that this virtue provides an opportunity for testing out ideas and confronting ethical dilemmas.  Interference with individual beliefs and opinions disrupts the creative dynamic of intellectual and moral development of the person and our society.

Tolerance is not a signifier of acceptance and affirmation.  Moreover, the idea that tolerance means not interfering with, or attempting to suppress, beliefs that contradict one’s own sentiments have given way to the idea that tolerance involves not judging other people or their views.  Instead of serving of a way of responding to differences of views, tolerance has become a way of not taking them seriously.

“I am right YOU are wrong, if you disagree with me you are an asshole.”  No individual, group, organization, or country can thrive with this idea of Tolerance!

Tolerance births FREEDOM





2 thoughts on “TOLERANCE

  1. Tolerance a practiced by too many today consists of an act of intellectual condescension by those taking upon themselves the self-conscious mantle of compassion, as opposed to a door to another person’s views through which one might pass for greater understanding and broader learning.


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