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Tolerance Requires Judgment

11/15/2010

.Z T.

Notice that one can’t tolerate someone unless he disagrees with him. We don’t “tolerate” people who share our views. They’re on our side. There’s nothing to put up with. Tolerance is reserved for those we think are wrong.

This essential element of tolerance–disagreement–has been completely lost in the modern distortion of the concept. Nowadays, if you think someone is wrong, you’re called intolerant.

This presents us with a very curious problem. Judging someone wrong makes one intolerant, yet one must first think another is wrong in order to be tolerant. It’s a “Catch-22.” According to this approach, true tolerance is impossible.

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