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Tolerance in our changing world

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webmaster | 06/15/12

“Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more than they expect.”
— Scott Hamilton

As I have gotten older, I find that I have become increasingly intolerant. Things that used to slide off my back with nary a thought now grab toe holds here and there and just won’t go away the way they used to (or ought to).

There was a time I didn’t like the word “tolerance,” for it sounded awfully minimalistic or paternalistic — as if I had the right to tolerate or not tolerate someone or something, but these days I find it a good word. As in construction or engineering, it means things fit properly, because they meet the required tolerances. If something is too big or too small, it is rightfully tossed into a bin to be recycled, re-used, or re-purposed.

Take politics, for instance. We have finally hit a summertime lull (I hope) in political advertising, which is a good thing, because I often find myself yelling at the television — especially when attack ads carpet-bomb the airwaves...


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