Tolerance is something deeper than the level of words. It’s an attitude.

Opinions noted. Nevertheless, diplomacy is a path to peace. Uneasy peace but still peace. I don’t think we’re in the right stage for it: There’s no money to be made in diplomacy. War sells. Real war. Verbal war. Childhood games carrying on to the grave. “Edgy” is popular on all sides. It’s trendy to be offensive.

Those who speak the words of PC but don’t understand it and are using it in an authoritarian or controlling fashion aren’t PC: they’re the equivalent of childless aunts that continually scold the world as if they’re all naughty children, a justification for bitchiness. They don’t get the point of it.

Tolerance is something deeper than the level of words. It’s an attitude.

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Well, whatever today’s craziness is will pass. Societies lose their current needs and pursue other ones. Conflicts change character. Mutually beneficial cooperation can allow hatreds to subside now and again. This passes, time moves on, new generations have new needs, today’s conflicts are a paragraph in a future children’s history text that they don’t understand why they have to bother learning.

I don’t expect to see it. But I’ve gotten glimpses and tastes of it in my lifetime so I know it’s possible.

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Tolerance requires a greater internal fortitude. People aren’t mathematical or logical: they’re emotional and easily manipulated. In the end, I can’t worry about what everybody else is doing in this regard, just myself.

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I think one of the reasons why I DIDN’T become a preacher of this kind of stuff is self-preservation: People like their internal disquiet and “us/them” groupings and will protect it. I wouldn’t want to find myself at the end of someone’s bullet. Call me chicken shit. Besides, it’s something to be lived, not preached. Still, sometimes I gotta get it out of my system. :)

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