I had a thought occur to me while doing some menial task at work the other day and it keeps popping into my mind, which tells me this is important and needs to be shared.
We live in an age where people are constantly preaching the value of tolerance. People want others to tolerate different views, different races, different religions. You name it, if someone can feel strongly opinionated against it, someone else will preach the need for tolerance of it. For a long time I just let the thought tumble through the air, ignoring what it really meant. Then I realized just the other day what a bullshit sentiment tolerance really is. It really just maintains the heart of any issue, that being that one side feels differently than the other. They may not do anything about because they tolerate each other, but those issues are still there. Nothing is fixed, nothing is better, it’s just a nice glossy finish over a superficial surface that hides a core of rot and decay. Eventually that will come to the surface. We’re seeing it a lot in our society right now due to the charged and polarized political climate here in the United States.
Just to be clear, here is the definition of tolerance: tol·er·ance noun; The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
Here is the definition of tolerate: tol·er·ate; verb; Allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.
That all sounds well and good, but if you break it down into true meaning it’s no different than your bitchy ex saying “Well, you’re wrong, but I’ll let you think you’re right so we don’t fight about it”, even though you know you’ll fight about it again later. Tolerance is the same concept. Whether it be tolerance of race, religion, political views, it’s still only a glossy surface. We all know you can’t polish a turd, so why try to shine up shitty views with a shellac of tolerance?
For your consideration, here is the definition of acceptance: ac·cept·ance; noun; the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.
Here is the definition of accept: ac·cept; verb; believe or come to recognize (an opinion, explanation, etc.) as valid or correct.
But who knows, maybe I’m just turning into a crazy hippy.