Good readers, I missed my Sunday philosophy missive! Overtime be damned!
Tolerance. It’s a word we hear every day. Be more tolerant. We need to show more tolerance. Intolerance should be banned. YOU need to be more tolerant. I can’t stand you, you’re SO intolerant!
Sound a little sillier as it goes on? It should.
You’ve likely seen the banner/t-shirt/mailing label with the four interlinked hands of different colors that comes with the words “teach tolerance.” I always want to violently regurgitate when I see it, because I have this image in my head of a group of anti-war protesters in Berkeley wearing keffiyehs (the scarves worn by Palestinians to show solidarity against Israel) screaming about “tolerance” while they literally spit on and otherwise assault conservative counter-protesters. I can’t stand the symbol because it is indicative of two of the biggest hypocrisies in America. Between the two, I think this one is the worst.
I’ve talked to people whose families have cut them off and shown the utmost contempt for the sin of thinking as a political conservative. I’ve had coworkers and former friends turn their backs on me for not seeing things from their liberal point of view. I’ve read articles about liberals who claimed that the Bush Presidency actually pushed them into a state of depression that required medication. Am I the only one who thinks there’s something that really stinks about all of this?
I’m sorry, but if politics can ruin your day, you need to get a hobby. If they can ruin your life, you need to be on a thorazine drip. And if you have the temerity to demand that others be more tolerant when you are incapable of giving what you demand of others…you’re likely a Barack Obama supporter.
Where’s YOUR tolerance? Is that reserved merely for those you think to be somehow put upon by society? Yes, I believe in gay rights, but not so much so that I’m willing to cross over to the legions of liberal soldiers demanding tolerance only for themselves. “War is wrong! Stop it! Bring our troops home now, you murderers! Learn to be more tolerant of other cultures! I HATE YOU!!!” It’s absolutely ludicrous when you look at their behavior and match it to the message they espouse. It’s a living, breathing oxymoron.
The whole “hands across America” thing, I guess, is for liberals only. Get indignant, get hysterical, scream until you can’t scream anymore then have your kids do it for you–all to make sure that you’re the only one in the room that anyone can hear. Yep. That’s tolerant.
I guess the message here is that resistance is futile.