Lately many of our writings have been concerned with the notion of tolerance. After all, America was founded, nurtured, and adapted based on the notion of tolerance; albeit, religious tolerance, philosophical tolerance, and societal tolerance.
What is this ‘tolerance’ anyway? Why is it important? What happens if tolerance or being tolerant becomes lenient or the laissez-faire acceptance of anything or everything that is tossed out in front of society? People do have belief systems, faiths, and varying acceptance levels and those should be the standard and the norm, and above all appreciated and respected.
Before we get ahead of ourselves here we need a working definition of tolerance. Tolerance is the acknowledgment of the differing views of other people; for example, in religious or political matters, and fairness toward the people who hold these different views.
Furthermore, tolerance is also the act of putting up with somebody or something irritating or otherwise unpleasant. In addition, putting up with bad or harsh conditions is also being tolerant.
Throughout history, tolerance, has been under substantial and conditional assault by just about anything and everything. Yet contrarily, how could something with such great intentions be treated with such disdain and selfishness?
As I mentioned in the beginning of this short introductory essay, America was founded by those who were seeking a place where they could practice their religion, live their lives without interference or any such abuses of tyranny.
How do we transmit the morals, virtues, and ethics from one generation to another?
How is it that people, along with special interest groups can change or alter tolerant behaviors into discriminatory tactics?
Part II The Making of America