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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %TOLERANCE DISHONEST CONFLICT COERCION VIOLENCE SIN+940627 %ADDICTION CODEPENDENCE COLLUSION CONTROL EVIL FAIL 940627 Often tolerance is a virtue, but not always. It is important to be able to recognize, name, describe and talk about the difference between when tolerance is a virtue, and when it is a perversion. Tolerance of human differences in appearance, language, customs, culture, likes, dislikes, desires and many other attributes is often a virtue---if it contributes to personal and communal integrity. Differences which are not harmful, coercive, violent, discriminatory, or unfair---are usually tolerable in healthy ways. Dishonesty, deception, collusions, addictions and codependent support thereof are not tolerable in healthy ways. The dilemma is how to respond without unhealthy tolerance. Not all forms of intolerance are healthy. Tolerance is unhealthy when it is accorded to dishonesty, deception, collusions, addictions and codependent support thereof. The intolerance of people who are dishonest, deceptive, collusive, addictive or codependent is not a healthy form of intolerance. Tolerance is unhealthy when it becomes part of a pattern of tacit support of dishonesty, deception, collusions, addictions and codependent support. Tacitly honoring the rules of collusions through tolerance of them is not healthy. Quietly refusing to be deceived or be dragged into the collusive patterns of thinking, feeling and approaching situations is healthy. Quietly speaking the truth when it is being suppressed is healthy. Confrontations do not need to be dramatic; in fact dramatization of intolerance is often unhealthy. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================