Tolerance

Okay, I wanna have a talk with you guys about tolerance.

Tolerance is not approving of what other people do.  If that were what tolerance is, it would be easy peasy.

Tolerance is putting up with other people doing things than are different that what you do.  Maybe these things seem kinda weird and/or dumb.  Oh well, it’s not killing anyone, so you tolerate it.  Or do you?

You know what you don’t do?  You don’t lecture people about tolerance and then mock them for like, I dunno, liking Jesus or something, since it’s trendy to mock people for that lately.  No, you think, Oh, they like Jesus?  Okay.  Or, I have no idea if I should tolerate that – maybe I should research Jesus on some website other than ChristiansWantToStopYouFromHavingSexEver.com.

You also don’t mock one religion you think is zany because the only thing that’ll happen is you’ll get some strongly worded emails, but not mock another religion you think is zany because you’re a pussy.  That’s called hypocrisy.

No.  What you DO is, you think about things and maybe ask around and try to learn something*, and then, whatever won’t kill you or cause massive inflation or make swarms of bees to attack your house, you don’t freak out about.  And when you decide you can’t tolerate something, well, if it won’t kill you, you discuss and debate the issue like an adult (unless it’s not acceptable where you live and you might get stoned.  In that case, just keep quiet).  If the intolerable thing will kill you, ask for some help or move.  If it will kill you and it’s all up in your face, then kick its ass.

*Don’t skip this step.  You’d be surprised how many people have actually not been killed by werewolves.  Did you know not all Muslims are terrorists?  Yes?  GOOD FOR YOU – you must have graduated kindergarten.  But did you ALSO know not all Christians stand in front of drugstores telling you through a megaphone to repent?  No?  Damn… you  need to like, make some more friends.  Like, leave your house and talk to people or something.

REMEMBER:  Just because you tolerate something, it doesn’t mean you like it.  You can think it’s weird or not a good idea or whatever, but you also don’t wanna get all up in other people’s business, so you’re like, okay.  Whatever.

HOWEVER, many people do not understand this.

This is why, depending on the issue, if you voice your position, you could be ostracized by “tolerant” people.  This is because some supposedly tolerant people can’t deal with you disagreeing with them, even if you never tell them you disagree (Yes, even if people SUSPECT you disagree, because, say, you voted for Candidate A, and you must therefore think a certain way about everything, because you had SO MANY FUCKING CHOICES at the polling place, they might reject your company).  And if you do actually tell these pillars of tolerance that you disagree, they will not be happy, because they can’t handle not being accepted by others and freak out and assume that because you don’t like something they think or do that you will bully them or encourage others to bully them, when really, you just have a different view and would much rather get along.

Sometimes, after freaking out and assuming you want them bullied, they will decide to bully you first.  So THERE!  Yeah, because there were kids who tragically killed themselves, because other people were assholes, and you disagree, so you must be an asshole like those assholes!  Seriously.  And the best part is, when they mock/talk over/blacklist you, they’ll blame YOU because you didn’t vote their way and are oppressing them as they live and work and go out with their friends who all agree with them because dissent is bad.  Because they “won’t tolerate intolerance.”

This is what some people believe.  They need to learn what tolerance is and stop judging people stupidly.  They don’t need to stop judging people – they just need to stop thinking stupid things like “Republicans want all women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen at all times!”  Yeah, roughly one third of Americans are misogynists – let’s all freak out and waste time on Facebook whining about another made-up crisis when we could be learning about cause and effect.

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