Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Stanley Hauerwas said it succinctly:

Tolerance kills us.

I haven't read enough Hauerwas to know what he might mean by this, but Slavoj Zizek offers some clues:

Tolerance means don't harass me; don't harass me means come too close to me....In other words, tolerance means I am intolerant to your over-proximity to me. Tolerance means don't come too close; stay at the proper distance.

Tolerance is distance. Distance is loneliness. And loneliness kills us.

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