Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tolerance and Truth – Why can’t we all get along? Answer: Anarchy

Tolerance is defined as “a willingness to be tolerant and patient toward people whose opinions or ways differ from one’s own” (emphasis mine).

An Anarchist is defined as “a person who wants to overthrow established governments and have a world without rulers and laws” (emphasis mine).

To be Civilize is defined as “to bring out of a savage or barbaric condition; train in culture, science and art; to improve in manners; refine” (emphasis mine).

Philosophically, a civilization must be intolerant by definition to some degree. To be civilized, the nation cannot endure savage or barbaric conditions; nor can the nation allow its people to have a world without laws - thus to be a civilized nation it must be intolerant of harmful and unlawful activities. Simple logic constructs the meaninglessness of "Universal Tolerance", unless anarchy is the desired end.

So objective, not relative, principles must be maintained - this is rational, logical in order to connect a civilized society. The preamble of the US Constitution does not contain any wording to the effect of: "I'll do what I want regardless of the consequences to society." Rather it declares a common defined culture:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Intolerance is required and truth must be declared as an objective “measuring stick.” Liberal tolerance within the current culture of America is tolerant of almost everything except truth and is therefore intolerant by definition. This has become an oxymoron. The argument goes: “If I am to be ‘open-minded’ on everything and therefore no one knows the ‘truth’, then there is no reason for me to follow your truth or rules, nor can you declare what I say or do is wrong.” As this argument grows the resulting societal mentality is without rules and laws (objective truth) and thus becomes a society of anarchy.

Therefore, truth is objective, can be discovered, and must be employed for a society to remain civilized. Relativism with its cousin Universal Tolerance can only lead to anarchy - “an absence of a system of government and law; disorder; confusion; lawlessness”.

So, as Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is Truth?”


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