If you are to call yourself tolerant, would that include tolerating extreme and hateful intolerance?
Lately, I have found the boundaries of my tolerance stretched and tested. I have noticed an epidemic close-mindedness in the atmosphere, and a lot of hate that stems from it, and from that a lot of intolerance for others, all others.
More and more it seems people are closing in on their minds and returning back to the limited and counterproductive statement: “you’re either with us, or against us”.
All types of intolerance is running rampant: political, social, racial, ethnic, religious, etc… and with a new reactionary fervor that is both threateningly aggressive and illogical.
I don’t really want to go into why people are going backwards towards this primitive way of thinking, that’s for another entry, and deserves more than just mere observation and opinion. What concerns me is finding a way of tolerating it, or enduring it, and not being pulled down to its level of hate.
Tolerance by definition is a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc.,differ from one’s own, or freedom from bigotry. It is an interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc.,foreign to one’s own or a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
So am I being dogmatic about being tolerant?
Can any of us really be objective, and therefore fair?
And when this wave of intolerance becomes a threat to our very existence, are we to still tolerate it?
These are questions that I seek answers to, they are not rhetorical but fundamental. I am sure the answers are there and probably simpler than I imagine, but this atmosphere of hate, anger, continuous aggression, and social disintegration into intellectual retardation has the capacity to weaken one’s defenses…..