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TOLERANCE

1135. The notion of complementary opposites is the key to understanding the limitations of the real world. It is not a question of choosing, irrevocably, peace, freedom, love, tolerance, and equality. All of these ideal conceptions imply their necessary opposites. Conflict, restriction, hatred, and inequality cannot be wished away with pious incantations, however heartfelt, or with determined imaginings, no matter how fervent.

1134. Paradoxically, choosing "ideals" -- such as peace, tolerance, and equality may be counter-productive. Every virtue, carried far enough, transforms into vice.

1133. The great intellectual failure of the left is to assume that ideal conceptions represent viable alternatives in real life. It is easy to proclaim virtue by being on the side of peace, tolerance, and equality. But peace may entail self-destruction, tolerance of evil allows it to spread, and equality -- if it were actually attainable -- implies mediocrity, stasis, and the cessation of progress. Choosing -- in the real world -- usually involves determining the lesser evil. 

1113. With political correctness, "tolerance" and "diversity" are one-directional, not reciprocal.

1110. Political correctness foolishly favours uni-directional -- rather than reciprocal -- tolerance.

1089. Tolerance is a poor defence against knavery.

1062. It is fashionable to proclaim -- especially in the interests of compassion and tolerance -- that unequal things are equal. In this manner, stupidity is enhanced, while the reality remains unchanged.

1034. Tolerance of evil cannot escape its taint.

741. "Equality," "tolerance," "faith," ‘science" and "racism" are some of the most dangerous words in the English language – because they all encompass unjustified assumptions.

"Equality" is assumed to be the natural state of things, or a state towards which things should be -- virtuously -- manoeuvered. But while equality of opportunity and treatment are worthy aims, it is inequality -- not equality -- which is at the heart of all change, all life, and all progress. "Equality" is not attainable, except -- perhaps – in stasis, finality, and death. The true motive of those claiming to seek equality is generally improvement. Anyone who attains equality in some respect will not be satisfied; he will seek further improvement, even if that should result in inequality.

"Tolerance" and "faith" are assumed to be universally benign; but focus and direction are the determinants: tolerance of murder, or faith in a God who approves of human sacrifice, slavery, or cannibalism can hardly be considered virtuous.

"Science" suggests the authority of facts, and a reliability of prediction; but too often the term is applied to matters of mere hypothesis, to conclusions preliminary or premature, or to pronouncements made by those with expertise in a field labelled "scientific." Only a record of consistent predictive success gives evidence of a scientific understanding of how the world works.

"Racism" is used as a term of irrefutable opprobrium; it is often applied – not legitimately – to an irrational disapproval of race -- but illegitimately -- to simple criticisms of cultural ideas and practices.

682. The West has decided to trade in its moral compass for a shiny bauble called "equality" -- and a smug, self-congratulatory sense of "tolerance." In the end, the bargain will prove to be both debilitating and impoverishing.

645. When tolerance must be paid for with the coin of traditional freedoms, it has become destructively expensive.

644. Tolerance is akin to enthusiasm -- admirable or not, depending upon its focus and direction.

634. In a forest of infinite tolerance, every path leads to the tiger's jaws.

633. One-sided tolerance is called appeasement. Either that, or stupidity.

632. Some western ideals -- the belief in cultural equality and an uncritical view of tolerance as an unqualified good -- lead to a self-destructive appeasement of those who are neither egalitarian nor tolerant. Complete destruction may not ensue, but the disruption of society occasioned will ensure a better appreciation of reality.

626. It's a pity to see western democracies caught in the trap of their own idealistic but inappropriate tolerance.

569. Tolerance -- as a self-perceived virtue -- will brook no dissent.

566. "Tolerance" becomes totalitarian when it denies the right to criticize.

561. The great weakness of tolerance is gullibility.

559. Tolerance – being on the side of the angels – feels no need of caution. With untroubled righteousness, it welcomes the ominously ticking package, the stranger with cloven hooves, and the heavy wooden horse left at the city gate.

415. Co-operation is much admired, and is helpful in getting things done; competition is cruel, and often despised -- but it works to get the best things done. There is a similar relationship between tolerance and intolerance.

401. Tolerance is not, as some seem to think, a universal good. It is laudable in some cases, foolish in others.

353. Tolerance is not an absolute virtue; it is laudable -- or not -- in context. Tolerance of thievery suggests an intolerant hostility towards the robbed.

350. Tolerance can be but a Trojan Horse of the mind: it presents itself as unblemished virtue, offering the satisfaction of moral superiority, and the reward of self-congratulatory smugness. Too late, it is discovered that it works to erode the foundations, the very principles upon which the city has been built. It delivers the keys to those who envision a society measurably less tolerant, to those with inferior ideas, but superior confidence.

234. Tolerance extended to intolerance looks very much like stupidity.

101. Tolerance is like alcohol: in moderate amounts, it softens hard edges, and lubricates the machinery of social interaction; in excess, it leads to foolishness, incoherence, the annihilation of principle, and the destruction of the essential self.

20. We can only be as tolerant and peaceful as our enemies will permit.