Thanks for your explanation. I would submit that
it is possible to love everyone, but we may have a different idea of what that
means. It is possible to love someone and disagree with them, for instance, or
grieve because they do wrong, but still be committed to pursuing the best for
them. I heartily agree with you that our focus should be most on "working on our
own stone." Thanks for bringing that up.
I see your point, but why is
tolerance a given?Why should tolerance be pursued at all costs? Isn't
something like restoration a much better goal? I'd much rather learn to like
or to love someone than just learn to stand them. Tolerance is not a
compliment to anyone.
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I fail to see the meaning
of "fundamentalism in a pejorative sense" -- since
incompatible with tolerance, this sounds like a
tolerance is definitely NOT a given. Perhaps it is one of the
most difficult qualities to attain.
Progress is when one realizes his
own act of intolerance and tries not to repeat it (or not too often, as Brecht
had pointed it out in "The Good Man of Sechunan").
Since it is
impossible to love everybody tolerance should be given to those one cannot. It
is not meant to be a compliment.
According to an old Masonic principle
one cannot change others, one can only try to change oneself, thereby
improving the world within one's own tiny realm.
Work your own stone,
in order to fit it in as a cornerstone of the Temple of Humanity.