In recent years, several pundits and politicians from around the world have begun declaring that tolerance is no longer good enough, that we need to replace it with unconditional love and respect for each other.
While that is a beautiful sentiment (one we should surely strive towards), devaluing tolerance is not a step in the right direction. We can’t cut the first few steps off a ladder and then ask people to follow us. Tolerance is still better than open hostilities.
Sometimes, It's All We Can Hope For
Tolerance suggests that even though we may disagree with each other, dislike each other’s living arrangements, and disapprove of each other’s beliefs, we are still tolerant, recognizing each other’s freedoms to choose our own paths so long as we do not cause harm to other people. It’s not ideal, but sometimes tolerance is all we can hope for.
Setting the Bar Too High?
The reason why I am emphasizing the importance of tolerance is that human beings are not perfect, nor should we expect them to be. When we downplay tolerance, we have set the bar too high and many people will fail to meet our standards. We should instead celebrate progress every time a person moves in the direction of more social harmony, because that brings all of us one step closer to friendship and fellowship.
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