I was in search of a good illustration for my point when I found this
As usual, Gandhi cuts it to the core. I have a problem with the concept of tolerance because tolerance implies hate. Without hate, tolerance is simply meaningless, there is nothing to “tolerate”. Perhaps, instead of striving to be tolerant, we should strive to get rid of hate and take this bumper sticker off the car. Each symbol in it implies a possible object of hate. I had no idea, one could hate so many things.
Look at this enlightened cat.
Does it look like it “tolerates” mice on its head? What are a few mice compared to eternity and vastness of the universe and vanity of existence? It seems to me that the cat simply does not care.
Which brings us to another issue with tolerance:
Is it good to be a man without convictions, indifferent to other people?
Perhaps, this extended quote from Gandhi clarifies the issue a little:
The key seems to be not to “tolerate” others, but to admit one’s own imperfections. Without this admission, any moral teaching is hypocritical. One of my favorite passages from NT – Luke 18:9-14.