A Few Good Words about Selective Intolerance

Tolerance

 

Obama habitually refuses to use the term “Radical Islam” whether for strategic reasons or out of a sense that we should be tolerant toward one another. Christians hesitate to  loudly denounce the numerous heinous acts carried out by those claiming to be carrying out the Christian god’s will.  Marxists hesitate to lambast the strained efforts of fellow-Marxists to demonstrate that each of Marx’s predictions have in fact been proven accurate. National patriots do not often use their substantial ethos to point out the unfair realities and policy failures of their home country.

We experience all around us an unwillingness to point out that members of our tribe are doing horrible things while abiding by the same alleged doctrines and values we hold dear. We seem to be saying: If I were to admit to any failing whatsoever in what I believe, then I could no longer feel comfortable with those beliefs.

But do we not know that every value when applied in a particular form is disastrous.  All those fuzzy warm words that represent our aspirations for ourselves–honesty, freedom, prudence, trust–can be a basis for misunderstanding and domination when taken to particular extremes. Look, for instance at the visual at the top of this post. Nice, isn’t it? But what are the boundaries of the accepting and the respecting? It is potentially suicidal to tolerate the intolerant.

Case in point: Do you tolerate ISIS?  In what sense?

Take a look at this recent NYT article

Still tolerate them?  To the same degree?

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IS ____________. JUST FILL IN THE BLANK WITH ANY ADJECTIVE FOR DISGUSTING, INHUMANE, OR REPUGNANT AND THEN SQUARE THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF THAT WORD.

Do you tolerate those who hold beliefs that sanction the behavior captured in these videos:

 

 

 

 

 

Add a Comment