Now, I don’t think it comes as a shock to many that what is often espoused as tolerance today is a far cry from what we originally thought the word meant. Tolerance used to be that I could openly disagree with you, but still treat you with respect. Now it seems to mean I must not disagree with you at all.
However, the interesting thing that Greg pointed out was how this new definition was effectively a reversal of the original definition; turning the meaning on its head.
The original definition of tolerance would mean that I should:
Now, the inverse is true. This new “tolerance” has morphed into saying I should:
I found that stating the “twisting of tolerance” in this way helped me think about the issue in a new way.
The original definition holds men in higher regard than ideas, the new one values ideas more than men.
p.s. As I’m not much of a note taker, in this and other posts related to Greg’s talks, I am operating pretty much from memory … if I am misrepresenting anything or get any facts wrong, please let me know!