Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tolerance

While tolerance is certainly a positive virtue that should be strived for, it cannot be a cultural suicide pact.

From an editorial in The Australian.

3 comments:

Chanman said...

"Just as an Australian wouldn't go to Saudi Arabia to wear a bikini on the beach and drink beer in the corner pub, those who see the proper role of women as subservient, anonymous and under cover should not expect a postmodern secular democracy such as Britain or Australia to accommodate these beliefs."

That is great stuff!

rightwingprof said...

Tolerance over the years has morphed into acceptance. The two are not the same. Tolerance isn't cultural suicide; acceptance is.

Kate said...

Rigthwingprof wrote "Tolerance over the years has morphed into acceptance. The two are not the same. Tolerance isn't cultural suicide; acceptance is"

I am not sure anyone can even distinguish the two anymore. Hate crime laws have pretty much forced all of us from lose tolerance (where we don't physically attack or legally punish those individual behaviors that we find less than criminal but probably bad for society overall) to the point where if we must accept anything and everything as the norm and keep out mouths shut least we be guilty of hate speech, racism or bigotry. Unfortunately it requires a pretty sophisticated analysis to deduce the long-term effect of acceptance of individual/group behaviors with long term detriments to civilized societies. It is a lot more difficult than figuring out that a dollar a day for candy, will over a lifetime, ultimately cost you a small fortune. Most people can't even do that...:-)