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Until the last few decades the idea of “tolerance” described people with different opinions tolerating the different opinions of others in a civil manner. While holding to their different opinions, each side respect the other person’s opinion in so far as that opinion was not imposed on them. (For example, tolerating someone’s opinion that a certain race is superior to others did not mean they would be granted this status outside their home).
Today’s meaning of tolerance is quite different and though it makes great sense to those who promote it, it is inherently irrational and incoherent. It goes like this:
Our beliefs are all personal and no one can promote their beliefs as being better than anyone else’s beliefs since no one can make any assertion that anything is true. If someone tries to promote their beliefs or the general assertion that objective truth exists, that person is intolerant. Such a view is arrogant and society should not tolerate such a view.
You may like the simplified version better:
Only one thing is true and that is –there is no objective truth.
Seen for what this is, the idea of tolerance today is nothing more than intolerant, arrogant tyranny that proclaims: “I want to be free of everything that is contrary to my own opinions and beliefs. I want to do what I want and I want others to be prohibited from objecting in any way.”
If you are one of the ones who holds this worldview, you have already started saying to yourself: “Here’s another intolerant person who thinks there is such a thing as true or false, right and wrong, etc.” I submit to such people that they are actually hypocritical in their thinking as they too believe in right and wrong and are trying to impose their beliefs on others. Aren’t they in fact calling me “wrong” for thinking the way I do? In choosing their idea of tolerance, haven’t they deemed one view good and another bad? I at least am willing to discuss the pros and cons for what I believe and think. These modern ones want to prevent any dissent and hide behind a cloak they call “tolerance”.