Tolerance is Sometimes Cruel

by Arthur Khachatryan

What is tolerance? There’s widespread confusion. While confusion abounds in general, there is one aspect of tolerance to which people seem to be entirely oblivious – tolerance can sometimes be cruel. Sounds a bit counterintuitive, right? Let me explain…

As I’ve written before, tolerance is the act of allowing people to hold different views from our own. However, increasingly our modern culture is inflating tolerance from this standard understanding into a sort of act of promotion. Instead of merely respecting difference of opinion, people are gradually expected to also promote the differences of others. There is a sort of soft tyranny at work here – we’re expected to promote ideas with which we do not agree, and this seems most egregious.

If all people are to be offered tolerance, then why are only some people forced to endorse the views of others while these people stand by (expecting these endorsements) without they themselves endorsing opposing views with which they do not agree? This seems extremely selective and true tolerance does not work this way. If one wants tolerance, one should…
 

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