Tolerance: inherent or learned
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I don't hate humans, I hate hypocrisy
Umm … you don’t hate the hypocrite as well?
that all white people are necessarily disposed toward racism
Most anything I can say about the evil of racism I wrote in Nigger: a strange hateful word. I know too many kind, humane people to think that people are “necessarily” inclined to racism.
those who dwell on racism
I couldn’t tell if you were addressing racists here or black people whose main focus is racism.
So to call yourself tolerant, and to berate the loss of what you term 'intolerance'
Meant mostly as irony. I was trying to describe an adjustment in my sense of my relationship with the mankind at large.
prejudicial, that tolerance is somehow something striven for, rather than inherent, and that intolerance is something inherent, that must be striven to overcome--I do not think this is true
I think that back in primeval times intolerance and an accompanying herd mentality were good survival characteristics. I don’t know if it is genetically encoded but was certainly a part of the human mind as it first evolved. And lives on even in trivial things like a passionate attachment to a sports team.
Tolerance is not tolerance, it is wisdom.
My own formulation is that tolerance is born of empathy and the latter is a part of what might be called wisdom.
I’m going to shut up now because I think it would be easy for me to just sound pedantic.