Society’s friend or foe: Tolerance
Proponents of moral relativism and tolerance suggest that a person’s lifestyle is inexorably tied to who they are as a human being. It is mistakenly believed that in order to truly tolerate someone, one must accept them as a person and their lifestyle. Otherwise, the insidious label intolerant bigot is applied. If this could be written as an equation, it would read “Who I am=What I do”. Generally speaking, this ideology is used to justify moral relativism on the grounds of cultural identity and association. However, this is diabolically opposed to the traditional definition of tolerance, which is defined as “to recognize and respect others beliefs, practices etc. without sharing them”. The bottom line is that a person and their beliefs are not inseparable. Implied in this definition is the personal privilege to outright disagreement and disapproval to an extent that a legal line has not been crossed by either party. Unfortunately, the “Who I am=What I do” precept has created a culture in which people can do the most outrageous things due to cultural reasons and then claim some type of discrimination or injury to their freedom of expression if objections are raised.
This willing ignorance of reality has caused today’s generation, to become unaware of the parameters that define mature, responsible behavior. Whereas in previous generations the limits of decency were known, Today’s young conservatives grew up when sleeping around was no longer a sign of rebellion. It is the accepted norm. Using drugs was no longer a means of expanding consciousness. It is simple recreation. Relativism wasn’t an abstract moral theory; it is the unquestioned assumption in most classroom instruction
The effects of Tolerance on North American society have been staggering. The worst effect is that this ideology is the root cause of the disintegration of the family. Most social commentators regard this recent phenomenon as the ultimate source of all the problems society is currently facing.
As used today, moral relativism and tolerance are very misleading terms that are at the heart of a move to redefine good and bad behavior, a cultural change historically proven to destroy the world’s greatest empires. The Romans are a typical example, as they collapsed from within due to corruption and moral decay which was tolerated by individuals and society at large.