Intolerance (Friend or Foe?)

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Atheism, Attitude, LGBT, Perspective


To understand intolerance, we need to first look at Tolerance.

a.       willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own

b.      the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant 

Tolerance is a very fluid challenge that we experience on a daily basis.  We tolerate tardiness, pain, heath, injustice, bigotry, and ignorance; basically, an array of things and situations both in our control and outside of our control.  We tolerate to keep the peace.  We tolerate to try and understand thinking processes, and the root of them.  Have you ever tried to deal with someone that just completely refuses to embrace tolerance?  We are all guilty of being close-minded on occasion, but a truly open-minded individual, will try and make sense of it within their own mind.  We all compartmentalize information, often stereotyping individuals incorrectly in our hurried judgment and immediate assessment of a situation or story.  We do ourselves an injustice by doing so, as our tolerance is in a fluid state.  We often midjudge people and situations, only later to regret it within enlightened reality.   There is a demeaning, unjust side to some things we choose to tolerate.  Bullying is one example.  Someone(s) being unfairly singled out for purposes of degradation, both verbally and/or physically with ignorance and fear…only to bolster the aggressors skewed view of themselves, within the arena of peer pressure.  

“There is a time and place for everything.”  


Sometimes, one just cannot continue tolerance toward injustice.  There are those that are the shakers and movers for justice and fairness in our diverse country and world.  Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Elizabeth Warren, Harvey Milk and the like, chose to be intolerant to the injustice, both socially and economically.  Intolerance of injustice is the Crown Jewel to changes in an advancing society.  On the other hand, intolerance can be like a clot, waiting to tear through the fabric of decency in the lifeline of our country, killing whole groups of its citizens.   Religion’s intolerance has been one champion of this type of abuse, murdering and labeling millions throughout history, all in the name of their loving and judging god.  Theocracy still has its choke-hold on various societies, choking the diverse reality within their own neighborhoods, imprisoning the very fabric of expressive humanity.

In short, intolerance is a two-edged sword.  It can swing a blow for or against injustice.  Ask yourself this question:

To what side do I see myself standing?



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