This-essay is a7706251.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %TOLERANCE-1 770625 Tolerance is the loving acceptance of people's normal individual differences. The tolerant person does not affirm that the person who is "different" is better than the normative person, nor does the tolerant person affirm that the normative person is better than the "different" person. The tolerant person does not make value judgement about normal individual personal differences. People are accepted in their uniqueness and encouraged to be in dialogue with each other that they may become familiar with each other as other than themselves. People who are all alike are boring to each other; for this reason God made us different so we might choose a different intimate other, in freedom. If we take too literally the notion that we are made in the image of God we fall into the trap that we should all be alike---like God. That trap occasions our trying to enforce conformity upon ourselves and others while pretending that we are transcendent in knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, love, etc.---like God. We presume to have the knowledge of good and evil and seek to make others in our own image---like God did, except that we avow that we are helping others conform to the image of God according to God's will. Such arrogance excludes the possibility of genuine love and the tolerance which is an integral part of love. Some people feel that they have the responsibility to overtly approve or disapprove of each behavior of which they become aware. (They feel they are like a judgmental God who must pronounce judgement upon each and every act of his each and every creature.) People with that sense of responsibility can not be tolerant. They carry a great burden of responsibility, one which is increased as they become aware of the diversity of people and life styles. They are likely to resent people who increase that burden and so excommunicate them in order to avoid increasing judicial burdens. Thus through excommunications sin is increased and promotes more deviant behavior as people seek ways out of their double binds. Thus there is an increased need for tolerance prompted by the absence of tolerance. Tolerance is not possible for legalists for they are likely to perceive tolerance as an endorsement of the violations of good moral/ethical codes. Tolerance is possible only to those who accept the gift of the transcendence of technocracy. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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