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Eternal Sunshine of the Intolerant Mind

I am an intolerant man.

Ask anyone who has ever exchanged anything beyond social pleasantries with me, and they'll confirm it.

I am an intolerant man, and this is my manifesto.

Once, caught up in the "liberal at 20" portion of the well-known (wrongly attributed) quote about the impact of aging on one's political ideology, I would have agreed with the generally-accepted opinion which painted intolerance as a bad thing. All you have to do is to Google "quotes about intolerance" and you can see what I mean.

"Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit." - Mahatma Ghandi

"When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone. It's a display of terrible intolerance." - Alan Dershowitz

"Intolerance is evidence of impotence." - Alistair Crowley

Intolerance is violence.

Intolerance is discrimination.

Intolerance is impotence.

One would have to assume then that if intolerance means all of those things, then the opposite of intolerance must mean... well, the exact opposite, and that a world totally devoid of intolerance would be a world where peace, inclusiveness and potency abounded.

Think again.

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2 comments to Eternal Sunshine of the Intolerant Mind

  • asombra

    The "tolerance" of liberals/leftists is highly selective, like their "morality." In other words, it's bullshit. What is indisputably wrong and/or evil should NOT be tolerated, period. Or was Jesus Christ "intolerant" when he threw the money lenders out of the Temple?

  • Had Jesus believed in tolerance and coexistence, He would have saved Himself the trouble of dying at the Cross.

    True tolerance requires cohesion and a clear view of those things that endangers it. Tolerant societies must meet intolerance of the type that we see in Islam with equal or greater intolerance in order to survive.