Friday, August 22, 2008

A veritable Glut of posts

Yes, yes, I'm an all or nothing type of girl. You knew this. At least, if you know me at all, you do.

Anyway, I have this question* floating around in my head:

If you are not tolerant about intolerance, does that make you intolerant?

Because I'm really not tolerant about intolerance.

*Answers thus far have been "No, it makes you an idiot" and "I think it means you think too much"

22 comments:

Iain Hall said...

well first you have to define your terms...

Private Tom said...

Fair point Iain. I'd say that I'm tolerant/accepting of everything, bar certain political ideologies. Basically I'm OK with different religions, races, genders, sex orientations, but I'm intolerant of anyone who can't deal with the aforementioned concepts.

Hence, I don't tolerate sexists, racists, Islamophobes etc because their intolerance isn't based on ideological grounds but in biological and religious ones. I hope that made sense.

My name is Andy. said...

I'm visiting from ICLW,

I would have to say that it does make you intollerant of intollerance. Intollerance is not black and white - you can be intollerant of some things and not others.

Way to make me thing before coffee!

Keri said...

Sorry, Andy! I'll try not to do it in future!

Marie said...

I don't really know how to answer that. I am only on my first cup of joe and well, I guess I am just not that deep on a friday.

I think I got it. I do not judge people but I do judge those who judge. Ahhh Watson I think I got it.

My brain really hurts now.

Kim said...

I think I am tolerant of a lot and of a lot of people. But there are some things that cannot be tolerated and should not be, and if your do tolerate them, then aren't you failing in your role as a decent human being? For example, Be tolerant of the little old lady who holds up the line in the grocery store when she cannot find her check book. And be tolerant of others thoughts and beliefs when they do no harm. But there is no need to be tolerant of those hurting others through words or actions or beliefs. Does that make sense? Now you have got me thinking too! Thanks! iclw

Elizabeth said...

HMMM...Is being tolerant just another way of saying "laid back"? I consider myself tolerant of political, religious, lifestyle choices, but I am not tolerant of indecisiveness and people with no opinions on anything. So maybe I pick and choose what I tolerate!

CappyPrincess said...

But aren't there times when you need to be intolerant?

So doesn't that make intolerance a good thing sometimes?

But I get your point.


ICWL

Tyler said...

Here from ICLW.

That question takes a fair amount of thinking about what you're asking and about the ramifications of the particular answers. If you're not tolerant to those who are intolerant, then are you really any better? An interesting conundrum to say the least...

Jenn said...

It's a good question; one I've asked before, so I don't have a good answer.

~Jess said...

Here via ICLW.

I guess it does, but I also guess that there are certain things in this world that we should not tolerate or be tolerant of (rape, child abuse, etc).

Amy said...

I'd have to agree that yes it makes you intolerant. But its ok to be intolerant of some things. I don't think many people are very tolerant of killings or stealing.

Nic said...

What was the question....I really can't tolerate....oh wait...

Sigh.

Blissfully Teal said...

Well, I have a really low threshold for being tolerant of intolerance, and when I'm like that, it makes me feel...intolerant. I am a yoga teacher and one thing i would offer fro that tradition, is the idea that all of these things that i see in my world that are upsetting, abhorent,violent,etc. could not exist in any world that i exist in, if they did not still exist in ME in some form, or at some level. I have to REALLY chew on that one A LOT.

Jaymee said...

there are the big things that i can't be tolerant of, racism, sexism, homophobia and stupidity. though there are the times when you have to be intolerant. like when someone is being abused.

(ILCW)

baby~amore' said...

I have no idea - what was the question again ?

I hope you have some tolerance at the end of the day we all have battles to fight.

Here from IComLeavWe... (adoption,pregnancy loss, IVF twins)
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Bec said...

lol, I guess this makes me intolerable?!

~ICLW~

Renee said...

Did you ever hear a word so much that it loses its structure in your mind and becomes just a funny sound? Tolerance just did that in my head, but like Andy, I've just stumbled into the interblogosphere with my coffee that I have yet to drink. That's always a dangerous thing.
Also here from ICLW

Kate said...

Here from ICLW. Hey - it makes sense to me! :)

kateypie35 said...

this really hurt my brain. here from ICLW.
I agree with a previous poster, sometimes intolerance is a good thing, and sometimes tolerance is a bad thing...but then, sometimes intolerance is a bad thing and tolerance is a good thing. Is there a way to find a tolerance/intolerance balance? Why do we drive on parkways, and park on driveways?

Keri said...

You guys have raised more questions than answers, I think. But that's a good thing.

Wow. Throw-away comment provokes real discussion.

Guess I really am a blogger now!

Jill said...

Here from ICLW. I started to answer, but then I confused myself with all of the double negatives going on. hmmmm