Tolerance is so yesterday …
September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’ve seen this bumper sticker … a take-off on the similar Co-exist but this one leaves me feeling less enthusiastic … jaded, even. (Don’t believe me, google “tolerate” and check out the images — it’s not as pretty as it sounds.) And the definitions of tolerance confirm my feelings:
transitive verb \ˈtä-lə-ˌrāt\
: to allow (something that is bad, unpleasant, etc.) to exist, happen, or be done
: to experience (something harmful or unpleasant) without being harmed
The time for tolerance was when you didn’t have a choice … because you grew up in the same town where your parents and grandparents lived and leaving wasn’t so easy … because your best friend married that schmuck from science class … because you grew up being a minority in your community in some way … whatever your reason was, tolerate was something you did because you had to.
Today, the ability to surround ourselves virtually and even literally with “like-minded” folks is easier than ever. To simply tolerate, therefore, is no longer a valid benchmark. I am now setting my sights on celebrating. Care to join me?