Sunday, November 20, 2016

The One Intolerable:


U  N  I  T  Y
is what we need
“It's an universal law-- 
intolerance is the first sign 
of an inadequate education. 
An ill-educated person behaves 
with arrogant impatience, 
whereas truly profound 
education breeds humility.” 
                   Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Resolve to be tender with 
the young, compassionate 
with the aged, sympathetic 
with the striving, and 
tolerant of the weak 
and the wrong. 
Sometime in life you will 
have been all of these.” 
                Lloyd Shearer

“It is now no more that 
toleration is spoken of, 
as if it was by the
indulgence of one class 
of people, that another 
enjoyed the exercise of 
their inherent natural rights. 
For happily the government 
of the United States, 
which gives to bigotry 
no sanction - to persecution 
no assistance, requires only 
that they who live 
under its protection 
should demean themselves 
as good citizens.” 
George Washington 
First US President

Thank YOU

"Paradox of tolerance: 
Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.” 
Karl R. Popper, 
The Open Society and Its Enemies


Anonymous said...

That was a great read, Cloudia, thanks for sharing!

baili said...

amazing words of wisdom .specially loved the second immensely.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Cloudia, lovely images and a great post. I think we are in for a rough ride the next four years. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

biebkriebels said...

Thanks for sharing your photos and thoughts.

magiceye said...

Indeed! Indeed! Indeed!

Namase /\ from Mumbai

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Super post Cloudia, positive thoughts from the world's most isolated city ☺

eViL pOp TaRt said...

That was terrific, Cloudia! George Washington's words are very timely, especially today. He was truly a man of vision. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn was one of the great novelists and humanists of his time; his words are very apropos at any time.

Cloudia said...

Thanks so much my dear dear friends ! 🌞🎈

Weekend-Windup said...

Looks great! Unity makes everything good!

Cloudia said...

Thanks friend

Teresa said...

Great post! Beyond unity, I would say that we also need to build community, like your blog does.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. Intolerance breeds cruelty, which I beleive is a crime. Tolerance and empathy make for kindness. Which we all need.

William Kendall said...

Food for thought.

That last photo's my favourite.

Mike said...

Let's hope George Washington still has some influence.

RedPat said...

The intolerants seem to have the floor right now unfortunately!

Cloudia said...

Thanks so much for your intelligent and heartfelt contributions

Jenn Jilks said...

(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!