- Dec 25, 2008
- Bologna, Italy
- VW Polo mkVI
You don't have to open up your mind to be tolerant. It's accepting people saying and doing things you don't like.
Accepting people you don't like might mean two things.
1) you open up your mind, understand that people can live together even if they don't all think the same, allow yourself to listen to others and to understand why they do different from you, generate a meaningful thought and action about pacific life and the future of a single society.
2) you don't open up your mind, continue to hate peole thinking different from you, wish they were gone, don't help them and secretly or overtly hope that they will fail miserably and get out of their way, never speaking with them and building up a society working by strength of numbers, mocking the losers when you win and crying injustice when you lose.
Just ONE of those things might mean "tolerance", so your definition is quite imprecise. Only in the first case you can be "tolerant", unless by "tolerant" you mean the strict and simple behaviour, as if we were speaking chemistry and drugs. But that would be an imprecise use of the word.
However, in the first case of the two I've shown, you might be tolerant if you are sane, open if you have never though too much about things, progressive left if you are insane.
In the second case you might be secessionist if you are sane, strong conservative if you never thought too much about things, right-wing fascist if you are insane.
Anyway, tolerance in the modern sense means to think, and you must use your mind. Extremist tolerants are people who think way too much and have lost contact with reality. However, if your mind stay closed it means you are fundamentally scared of people who are different from you, because you feel weak.