Saturday, May 11, 2019

Voltaire – Tolerance...Hate?


Voltaire ask the question,
“What is tolerance"? 
To which he answers,
It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
Suppose he is right; that the first law of nature is this tolerance, this recognition of our individual faults and “frailty” and thus, humbly pardoning the folly of others in kind. 
Wait, does this mean that tolerance is not selective, possessive.  Does Voltaire’s view possibly thwart the contemporary view/use that
“Intolerance” should not be tolerated
Tolerance applies to some, singled-out, but for not others, some collective
And then there is the contemporaneous “hate crimes” that, in a similar counter-intuitive context, apply to some but not all.  It is not what is done but rather, who allegedly did it. 

Evidently hate is too a similar taboo of one’s position…power.

There is figurative fence, a dividing line that as Woody Guthrie wrote:   
As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
Intolerance, hate and by any other, the fact is that facts do not matter but rather a point of view coupled with the political clout to enact and enforce laws and then to condemn some,  one here or there, while excusing others immune from the same.

Where is this going, this form of tolerance, hate?   

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