I recently wrote an essay for an application about the dificulties with tolerance. There were two main points to my essay.
Tolerance **should not be ** accepting anything and everything just because tolerance has become the new fad word. In Canada at least, tolerance is the magic word. If you do not tolerate, you are a bigot. What I argued is that not everything is tolerable! eg. Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo.
Modern tolerance does not *tolerate * open dialogue. It dissuades questions and criticisms… It breeds a tolerance based on ignorance and leads to contempt.
I made some suggestions, but for the most part I was drawing out some problems I see with the tolerance we are supposed to welcome and live by.
I would like to hear other thoughts on the subject, arguments for or against my points… new points…!