Tolerance is a mind-set

Tolerance is a mind-set. In no case does it mean that you agree with everything and that you instantly become a “yes-person” always seeking to please and appease. The motto “my freedom starts where yours stops” doesn’t apply to tolerance but there is definitely a give and take principle determining the boundaries of one’s of tolerance.

To me it is more like having a sense of values, a sort of measuring stick by which you evaluate ideas and actions.  Democracy, by no means a universal notion,  is really a tool of great importance to insure tolerance in society and as such, has to be protected at all cost.

Visit to Hades (partial view)

Community and shared values

It sometimes looks like our sense of community and shared values is fast disappearing. It feels we are living in times of crisis when politicians threaten to shut down parliament or defy congress.  We need  to cherish democracy and its instruments and not forget about the alternatives.  More than that, we need to look beyond the horizon of our borders and build supra-national friendships not only based on trade, but also on culture and sharing.  We need to weave links and relationship across the world.Today’s quotes on the fragment of poster are:

“I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.”
― Maajid Nawaz, Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue

Intolerance and patriarchy

Talking about intolerance , a good friend of mine once said: “Women having the same rights as men is a sure sign of a society based on tolerance”.  According to this, we still live in extremely intolerant times on many levels.  The fight for equality shouldn’t exclusively be the fight of women but that of both women and men against the stifling patriarchal system.  What is needed is a radical societal push towards equality starting at a personal level.

Thought of the day

I can be “head in the clouds”, absent-minded and chaotic, yet thinking about society, our political system and how quickly we tend to take for granted the essence of the society in which we live.  In the caption, instead of “being British”, I probably should have written “feeling British” or feeling in harmony with a sense of Britishness”.  As a French person, I’ve always been amazed at how accepting the Brits are.  it’s a quality I’ve always found admirable and reassuring.  Yet, I also feel it may be slightly eroding…