- The sun is beating down on us and the heat is relevant to the time of year, our place on the surface of the earth and a whole lot of other determining facts. To tolerate this we either, go somewhere cooler, shade ourselves from it, or slap on some U.V. Sunscreen and enjoy it.
- Our neighbour is a real pain in the ass, because they play drums until late at night, which keeps both us and our children awake. To tolerate this we can either, call the police and have him arrested for disturbance of the peace, we can sell up and move house, or we can buy some head/ear protection to drown out the sound of him drumming, because he is Cozy Powell the most amazing drummer in the world, or go round there and enjoy the party because he did invite us. (Yes I know that you are all adding your own suggestions to the list...) (In Britain you can't get a gun and do that...)
- We move to a country where their laws are different from the ones we were brought up with, and we don't want to marginalise our beliefs on right and wrong. (Dependant upon whether there is freedom of action/speech in this country or not) To tolerate this we make a choice about what is more important to us or bow to the law of that land regardless. Do we perhaps accept that the law of this country is our law now, or do we inculcate our own above the law of that land, because we 'know' ours is better?
- We are in a country that says that they believe in freedom of speech and of religion, and that also pushes one particular religion as 'the nations religion', despite the evidence that in the formulation of those countries many peoples from around the globe (coming with their own religious/social/economic/cultural values) were adopted as co-workers/founders of those countries and nations. To tolerate this do we, now evict all those people who's ancestors came and died in the formation of our great nation, move to a desert island and set up our own laws, shoot everyone who disagrees with us, or send them to a detention centre without trial for many years ????Or do we say hey, the constitution upon which our civilisation is built is actually only workable, when we actually fully adhere to it, despite that some feelings of hatred/dislike, towards another's views exists ??
- the state or quality of being tolerant
- capacity to endure something, esp pain or hardship
- the permitted variation in some measurement or other characteristic of an object or workpiece
- physiology the capacity of an organism to endure the effects of a poison or other substance, esp after it has been taken over a prolonged period
- "Live and let live" J.C.F. Schiller
- "Tolerance is only another name for indifference" W. Somerset Maugham
- "Tolerance should really be only a temporary attitude; it must lead to recognition" Goethe
I endured all the preparations and the panics with amused tolerance.Harris, Elizabeth, Time of the Wolf (1994)
We have always had, and always will have, a policy of zero tolerance.Cycling Weekly (2004)
Nothing is being done or seen to be done and the aspiration of zero tolerance is long since forgotten," he said.Irish Times (2002)
Ministers were also expected to ask for views on whether the government should go ahead with " tolerance zones" for street prostitution.Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2004)
This quality of tolerance was matched with a sense of humour.Stewart Lamont, WHEN SCOTLAND RULED THE WORLD: The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration (2002)
I SEE IT IS ABSOLUTLEY POSSIBLE, for me to hold my views and opinions whilst other also have theirs, and we still live happily and peacefully on this planet. I haven't concluded my views are the ONLY right ones, as I daily adapt them to include new discovery and understanding. They are simply RIGHT for me now, today, (and possibly only me) but none the less right for me to follow and try to accept and tolerate everyone else. I see tolerance as the route to any real and lasting peace in our world. Sure I don't want to live by Sharia law, because I don't believe or accept the basis upon which it was founded. I don't want to live under the law of my land for pretty well the same reasons.
HOWEVER, I do live here in this society and WILL abide by their laws, as far as is humanly possible, because I am not a rebel who wants to cause chaos or live as a totally free entity, otherwise my choice would be that island one.