Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tolerance?

Fairness and tolerance go together, so I thought I’d follow up my last point with a comment about tolerance.

Dictionary.com defines tolerance as follows:

a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.

Crucially, you will note the phrase “whose opinions…differ from one’s own.

Sadly, my experience of ‘tolerant’ people is all too often that of someone who allows other opinions “so long as they are the same as one’s own.”

Make sure you know what sort of tolerance you are really voting for on Thursday.

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