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TOLERANCE

1924. In the temple of infinite tolerance, there is no distinction between good and evil -- between devil's curse and angel's prayer. 

1898. Tolerance is subject to excess -- an excess which leads to the failure to distinguish between good and evil. (See #1813 -- "Tolernuts")

1845. The desire to appear broadminded is vulnerable to the "tolerance trap." The more generously broadminded you wish to appear, the more outlandish, absurd -- and even immoral -- are the people and ideologies of which you must approve.

1820. The difference between a genuine virtue and a false one may be a matter of degree: most virtues, carried to excess, become oppressive, harmful, and counter-productive. As Alexander Pope observed in the 18th century: the difference is too nice / Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.

1819. The worship of false virtues paves the way for evil. False virtues include the extremes of "diversity," "inclusivity," "multiculturalism," "equality," and "tolerance."

1815. Tolernaziism: The condemnatory stance and oppressive measures taken by those who believe that the equality of things justifies undiscriminating tolerance -- or tolernuts. It is the moral failure implicit in the refusal to make moral distinctions and value judgments. (An example of condemnatory stance would be Trudeau's outrage that honour killings should be termed "barbaric." An example of an oppressive measure would be the Austrian law which criminalizes the "disparagement of religious precepts" -- since some religious precepts are clearly cruel and harmful.)      

1814. "Tolernazi:" One who embraces, exhibits, or exemplifies tolernuts.

1813. "Tolernuts:" A tolerance to excess which assumes the equality of all things, and therefore refuses to make moral distinctions or value judgments. It results, paradoxically, in intolerance of any attempt to discriminate on moral grounds, or to claim that some things are better than others, and thus may be said to enable evil, and champion absurdity.    

1769. The man of infinite tolerance is mere façade -- a mannequin  with a moral vacuum at the core.

1768. The man who is tolerant of stupidity and evil is the guardian of stupidity and the enabler of evil.

1760. Tolerance walks a knife edge of virtue; one one side -- the chasm of gullibility -- on the other -- the abyss of self-serving sanctimony.

1759. When tolerance excuses evil, the Devil rejoices.

1709. Behold the chameleon -- tolerance! By turns, it is a generous empathetic sensitivity, a foolish appeasement, a mark of cowardice, a betrayal of principle, and an acquiescence to the most profound evil.

1649. Tolerance extended to stupidity becomes a compounding device.

1648. Tolerance is only as virtuous -- or as evil -- as its object.

1647. Tolerance extended to evil loses its good name.

1645. Tolerance is a moral chameleon -- virtue or vice according to its place and direction.

1551. Tolerance flowers in the soil of reciprocity.

1550. Tolerance -- as a one-way street -- is surprisingly short.

1367. On a sea of infinite tolerance, no cultural ship can safely sail.

1349. Determining the limitations of freedom -- while necessary -- is fraught with difficulty. In the modern era, the freedom of fantasy often trumps the freedom of fact. The self-congratulatory all-inclusive tolerance of unproven, unsuccessful -- and ultimately destructive ideas -- is encouraged; those who wish to point out sobering facts are seldom welcomed.

1280. Intolerance can be just as virtuous as tolerance: It is better to be intolerant -- rather that tolerant -- of evil, injustice, and stupidity.

1279. Tolerance may be viewed as an empathetic sensitivity, a foolish appeasement, or an enablement of evil. Its virtue is determined by its direction.

1278.The man who prides himself on his "tolerance" -- without specifying what he is "tolerant" of -- is an idiot.

1277. Tolerance, in itself, is morally neutral; it reflects virtue or evil, depending upon its object.

1276. Tolerance, like enthusiasm, is an attitude not a virtue. Few proclaim moral superiority in their tolerance of random shootings, or their enthusiasm for wife-beating.

1135. The notion of complementary opposites is the key to understanding the limitations of the real world. It is not a question of choosing, irrevocably, peace, freedom, love, tolerance, and equality. All of these ideal conceptions imply their necessary opposites. Conflict, restriction, hatred, and inequality cannot be wished away with pious incantations, however heartfelt -- or with determined imaginings, no matter how fervent.

1134. Paradoxically, choosing "ideals" -- such as peace, tolerance, and equality may be counter-productive. Every virtue, carried far enough, transforms into vice.

1133. The great intellectual failure of the left is to assume that ideal conceptions represent viable alternatives in real life. It is easy to proclaim virtue by being on the side of peace, tolerance, and equality. But peace may entail self-destruction, tolerance of evil allows it to spread, and equality -- if it were actually attainable -- implies mediocrity, stasis, and the cessation of progress. Choosing -- in the real world -- usually involves determining the lesser evil. 

1113. With political correctness, "tolerance" and "diversity" are one-directional, not reciprocal.

1110. Political correctness foolishly favours uni-directional -- rather than reciprocal -- tolerance.

1089. Tolerance is a poor defence against knavery.

1062. It is fashionable to proclaim -- especially in the interests of compassion and tolerance -- that unequal things are equal. In this manner, stupidity is enhanced, while the reality remains unchanged.

1034. Tolerance of evil cannot escape its taint.

741. "Equality," "tolerance," "faith," ‘science" and "racism" are some of the most dangerous words in the English language – because they all encompass unjustified assumptions.

"Equality" is assumed to be the natural state of things, or a state towards which things should be -- virtuously -- manoeuvered. But while equality of opportunity and treatment are worthy aims, it is inequality -- not equality -- which is at the heart of all change, all life, and all progress. "Equality" is not attainable, except -- perhaps – in stasis, finality, and death. The true motive of those claiming to seek equality is generally improvement. Anyone who attains equality in some respect will not be satisfied; he will seek further improvement, even if that should result in inequality.

"Tolerance" and "faith" are assumed to be universally benign; but focus and direction are the determinants: tolerance of murder, or faith in a God who approves of human sacrifice, slavery, or cannibalism can hardly be considered virtuous.

"Science" suggests the authority of facts, and a reliability of prediction; but too often the term is applied to matters of mere hypothesis, to conclusions preliminary or premature, or to pronouncements made by those with expertise in a field labelled "scientific." Only a record of consistent predictive success gives evidence of a scientific understanding of how the world works.

"Racism" is used as a term of irrefutable opprobrium; it is often applied – not legitimately – to an irrational disapproval of race -- but illegitimately -- to simple criticisms of cultural ideas and practices.

682. The West has decided to trade in its moral compass for a shiny bauble called "equality" -- and a smug, self-congratulatory sense of "tolerance." In the end, the bargain will prove to be both debilitating and impoverishing.

645. When tolerance must be paid for with the coin of traditional freedoms, it has become destructively expensive.

644. Tolerance is akin to enthusiasm -- admirable or not, depending upon its focus and direction.

634. In a forest of infinite tolerance, every path leads to the tiger's jaws.

633. One-sided tolerance is called appeasement. Either that, or stupidity.

632. Some western ideals -- the belief in cultural equality and an uncritical view of tolerance as an unqualified good -- lead to a self-destructive appeasement of those who are neither egalitarian nor tolerant. Complete destruction may not ensue, but the disruption of society occasioned will ensure a better appreciation of reality.

626. It's a pity to see western democracies caught in the trap of their own idealistic but inappropriate tolerance.

569. Tolerance -- as a self-perceived virtue -- will brook no dissent.

566. "Tolerance" becomes totalitarian when it denies the right to criticize.

561. The great weakness of tolerance is gullibility.

559. Tolerance – being on the side of the angels – feels no need of caution. With untroubled righteousness, it welcomes the ominously ticking package, the stranger with cloven hooves, and the heavy wooden horse left at the city gate.

415. Co-operation is much admired, and is helpful in getting things done; competition is cruel, and often despised -- but it works to get the best things done. There is a similar relationship between tolerance and intolerance.

401. Tolerance is not, as some seem to think, a universal good. It is laudable in some cases, foolish in others.

353. Tolerance is not an absolute virtue; it is laudable -- or not -- in context. Tolerance of thievery suggests an intolerant hostility towards the robbed.

350. Tolerance can be but a Trojan Horse of the mind: it presents itself as unblemished virtue, offering the satisfaction of moral superiority, and the reward of self-congratulatory smugness. Too late, it is discovered that it works to erode the foundations, the very principles upon which the city has been built. It delivers the keys to those who envision a society measurably less tolerant, to those with inferior ideas, but superior confidence.

234. Tolerance extended to intolerance looks very much like stupidity.

101. Tolerance is like alcohol: in moderate amounts, it softens hard edges, and lubricates the machinery of social interaction; in excess, it leads to foolishness, incoherence, the annihilation of principle, and the destruction of the essential self.

20. We can only be as tolerant and peaceful as our enemies will permit.