Tolerance of difference is a false tolerance. Assuming the mantle of villainous anti-Semite, my tolerance is of the negativity which arises in me upon awareness of the, assumed neutral, Semite. Tolerance is begat for enduring some stress, some struggle and to tolerate one’s own emotional state is one’s own private labour. A music teacher must tolerate errors and idiocy from the student, to propagate the art for financial payment or the Baroque movement or what-not. One may have heard a PC fortune cookie sentence “tolerance is a founding value of multiculturalism”. If given belief, that sentence evolves to the paradox of intolerance, to my knowledge first described by Mr. K. Popper.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia may appear as, and genuinely be, a tolerant person dedicating time & attention to tolerance. Yet his status and material existence entire, is due to an intolerant State, one which aggrandises execution for ‘magic’ amongst other failures of Justice. Regardless of his (unknown) attitudes, hopes and efforts, if he were treated by an interviewing journalist with the contempt that the representative of such a State deserves, it would be an extremely intolerant incident and the article would perhaps be snapped up by StormFront and perhaps be ridiculed by The John Oliver Show. Now, there is a maze-like warren of belief, perhaps the ‘magic’-person slew 144 babies for the ‘magic’ and I would then call myself a true believer in that execution. However the rhetoric of the execution, as is made available to me, does not match with the possibility above given and so one assumes that execution is for sprinkling herbs in a boiling pot and speakings over the frothing mixture. Daring to make a cup of tea, in other words.
I would like the above to show that despite belonging to, as the representative of, a negative type (those who would execute for making a cup of tea) the Crown Prince of S.A. does not deserve tolerance or intolerance. Hounded for change, absolutely, but not given direct responsibility for a complex system of culture that was largely in shape prior to his birth over which is lacked absolute power.
Would you argue for a synagogue in Saudi Arabia being a higher form of tolerance than for a single ‘magic’ death sentence to be declared null & void? The former can only be spoken for if one assumes Saudi Islam to be the exclusive moral way (at the exclusion of whatever form of Judaism is represented by the synagogue). Without this assumption, the latter is tolerance proper, made manifest in Israel with less ridiculous laws and allowance of Muslims to visit Judaic sites of worship.
Tolerance is active in the prison system, and at it’s most visible in the personage of Mr. Trump, now president of the USA. What is written in Matthew 5:38, is truest Justice, in my opinion. Anything worse than equality is cruelty, anything better is merciful. Most systems of judgement, counter-crime & redemption today are merciful, which is to be respected as morally virtuous. Tolerance then, is subsequent and inherent to Mercy. Therefore those enmeshed in a ‘merciful’ prison system are living on tolerance of the broader community, or at least those who produce the bare necessities supplied by the prison system. (As an aside, I reckon these bare necessities are not at all consistently supplied in 95% of prison systems currently.)
So from a cursory mental glance across types to tolerance, now to the hot potato, Mr. Trump. Ms. Merkel has shown tolerance, but was it greater when she endured Mr. Putin & his hound or when she failed to spit in the face of a known tax criminal & sex criminal? To conduct themselves, to recognise others, as Head of State, Mr. Putin & Ms. Merkel are forced by the USA voting public to show great tolerance.
Allow me now to attack a form of tolerance generated by Mr. Trump. He directly supports a culture of professional victimhood more than any Native Title legislation or Stanford Rapist news articles with P.C. terminology. This is an unavoidable consequence of his preferred method of solving an unverified accusation of sexual or financial crime. Diametrically opposed to honesty he chooses instead private Non-Disclosure Agreements coupled with million dollar settlements. So now one must tolerate the subsidiary effects. His behaviour should not be tolerated, and if the laws of the USA were less merciful to tax criminals & sex criminals, US culture (and myself more directly) would be free of the impoverishment of professional victimhood. To concisely define The American Dream, a quote a single verse of the Australian national anthem,
“…with golden soil & wealth for toil..”
Well, the labour of victimisation, to dramatise one’s suffering is no toil, rather a tint to one’s world-view. It is a bad shade and I want my eyes free from it, my ‘tolerance muscle’ un-exercised by ANY contemplation, ANY awareness, ANY suspicion that Stormy Daniels expects to get richer for profit paying publicity produced by the failure of an NDA. Nor exercised by ANY contemplation, ANY awareness, ANY suspicion that the traumatised victim of the Stanford Rapist will express a twisted conception of justice corrupted by the fact that public suffering is valued above private, as the Penitent Thief may have testified before the Mr. Dante’s Divine.