“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.” – Voltaire
Once again, we’ve come into the season of intolerance. It always seems that Christmas time—ironically, in my book—is the time when intolerance shows its face far more often than during the rest of the year. I believe it’s because Christmas brings out all the angry atheists, and the liberal, Christ-hating community.
It’s so funny to me that it is those who claim to be the most tolerant that are generally the least tolerant. It’s popular today to claim the mantle of tolerance. It makes people feel good about themselves, and it makes people look good in the eyes of the ever watchful PC culture machine. Of course, the most intolerant of the “I’m so tolerant and loving” crowd are the celebrities.
Perhaps it’s because celebrities tend to see themselves as better than average Americans that they hold themselves to ambiguous, and hypocritical standards. They just can’t believe that everyone is not like they are. Why would anyone else think differently than they do? They clearly speak for everything important in the world. For example, Ben Affleck recently made it clear in an interview for Playboy that he just doesn’t like Republicans.
“When I watch a guy [on screen] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That shit fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion.”
I see this a lot. In addition to being a political blogger/writer, I’m an actor. I went to acting school, and I plan on making a career out of it. Given that, a good 95% of my friends are raging liberals. That’s just the way it is. I will debate anyone who wants to, but I’m not unnecessarily aggressive, and the liberalism of my friends doesn’t keep me from liking each of them as a person—that is, unless they’re obnoxiously political. That is tolerance. However, I’ve had friends—specifically one—who told me that they could no longer hang out with me because of my political beliefs. That’s intolerance.
Ben Affleck shares that holier-than-thou attitude. It’s a veiled form of hatred. In the end, it is out of hatred that people like Affleck say these things. They use tolerance as a smokescreen to hide their blatant rudeness and judgmental attitude. As long as they claim the mantle of tolerance, liberals can say whatever they want, behave in any way they want, and they will be treated like Gandhi.
Watch out for the intoleratti. The more you look for it, the more you see it.