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Tolerance of Intolerance?
    #2711974 - 05/21/04 05:59 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

It's pretty apparent that there is a lot of intolerance in this world, on a lot of different levels. Usually the people who are behaving in an intolerant manner don't realize or don't believe they're being intolerant. Other times they so passionately believe that "God" is on their side that they have the right to kill or harm other people.


As someone who has been on the receiving end of intolerance many times, I can see my own intolerance grow from it. Usually I wouldn't even be aware of the judgements I'd make. Now that I see fundamentalist Christians in power of the US government, it's hard not to feel my own intolerance of what they're doing.


So the question I'm asking is, when and where does it start to be counter-productive to be angry at the way things are? Obviously it's better to take political and social action to change the way things are than it is to fester in anger and resentment. It's tough because I rationally know that not all Christians are so full of hate themselves, and are in fact often loving, caring human beings.



There is irony in hating intolerance, and contradiction in being intolerant of hatred.


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Re: Tolerance of Intolerance? [Re: Twirling]
    #2712131 - 05/21/04 06:40 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Anger left as anger is counter-productive.

Anger turned into action is productive (though not always positive).


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Re: Tolerance of Intolerance? [Re: saltlick]
    #2712358 - 05/21/04 07:38 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Very true! Emotions are sort of neutral, and although some emotions cause more negative actions than others, they're usually just a signal that something is bothering (or not bothering) a person. Either way, anger can be a very important emotion, as long as it's used the right way.


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Re: Tolerance of Intolerance? [Re: Twirling]
    #2712932 - 05/21/04 10:52 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

anger is the sign that u need to do something, staying angry means u arent doing the right thing.


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Re: Tolerance of Intolerance? [Re: Twirling]
    #2718926 - 05/23/04 05:26 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

So we are back with the '...do what thou wilt.."-thread and the question where harm starts and when tolerance ends.The Question that follows is: What are the means to end this intolerance ? Same amount and quality of measures equal to the amount and quality of 'harm' taken ? Where does it start, where does it end ? That's like old testament vs new testament :smile:  ... the aggressive 'harmful' way can only be the utter last way to take against something 'evil'... (sorry for the missing CRs. My keyboard is stuck up somehow)


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