This author suggests that we should replace 'tolerance' with 'mutual respect'. Tolerance refers to enduring and does not convey mutual affirmation or support. It implies an imbalance of power in the relationship. While respect suggests we are equally worthy of honor. There is no room for arrogance and exclusivity in mutual respect. "Mutual respect" would mean that each person is respected for their faith or views, with no requirement for others to adopt or practice it. Respect would mean acknowledging other choices as equally valid paths. He says that historically, "Tolerance was a political 'deal' arranged between enemies to quell the violence (a kind of cease-fire) without yielding any ground. Since it was not based on genuine respect for difference, it inevitably broke down." He says that if we want to promote peace and understanding in this world, we need to shift to mutual respect and not just settle for tolerance.
Hypocrisy of Tolerance
Personally (before reading this), I already thought of tolerance as being similar to mutual respect when I use the word, but I can see how it could be used in a smug, condescending way too. Reading this, I started wondering what others mean when they use the word tolerance too.
What your thoughts? Do you think tolerance and mutual respect are about the same or or they very different concepts? Do you agree with him that mutual respect conveys a more positive acceptance of others than 'mere tolerance'?
Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:51 AM on Dec. 15, 2010
Answer by Scuba at 9:47 AM on Dec. 15, 2010
Answer by misses_nick at 10:09 AM on Dec. 15, 2010
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:02 AM on Dec. 15, 2010
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:04 AM on Dec. 15, 2010
I agree with the author, they are different. Mutual respect involves a higher level of acceptance and regard for differences, IMO- At times, tolerance appears mandated or forced; lip service only.
Answer by Sisteract at 10:56 AM on Dec. 15, 2010
Answer by NotPanicking at 12:38 PM on Dec. 15, 2010
Sometimes you have to start with tolerance before you can get to respect, but I agree I like mutual respect better.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 1:05 PM on Dec. 15, 2010
Answer by older at 9:46 AM on Dec. 15, 2010
Answer by wildflowers25 at 9:51 AM on Dec. 15, 2010