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Tolerance and Compassion - Is this what is missing from society today ?

Updated on September 1, 2016
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As supposedly higher beings, one thing that should separate us from the lesser animals is compassion and tolerance. Man considers himself top of the food chain and as such we have no natural enemies other than other human beings. There are many other creatures that are faster, stronger and more powerful; there are some that can live under water and others that can fly. As an intelligent life-form we have created means by which we can emulate these other animals and consequently we can now do anything any other creature can do.

These abilities allow us to compete completely and we should not be envious or feel threatened.

Now take away the competition from other creatures and man is left fighting with man over food, space and reproduction which are the natural essentials common to all life forms.

Over the centuries man has evolved into a social being, we no longer fight each other for food or clothing, we can afford to marry or take a partner for love rather than social advantage although sadly we still fight for material possessions, territory, and the existence of the one true God. We have created laws to alleviate crime both material and physical. To uphold this we have appointed officers to police society and bring to justice those who transgress. Despite this there is a section of society who preys on the weak, steal, murder and act in a way worse than the most rabid animal. In attempting to create a free society we have unintentionally removed compassion and respect from our dealings with others. Children are being raised in homes where manners, good behaviour, honesty, fun and respect are totally missing. Elements of society are so obsessed with so called “human rights” that they almost condone theft, rioting and violence as an expression of the individual’s character. In turn this creates a backlash from the more responsible members of society who can see their peaceful existence threatened.

Recently in the cities of England we have experienced rioting orchestrated by political, racial and religious activists. There is no excuse for the violence of these riots and even less for the criminal elements who always high-jack these events to destroy and steal, nothing to do with everyday social issues.

The hypocrisy of many of the armchair commentators is quite outrageous. It is quite apparent that many of the contributors are unable to even practice simple tolerance of lifestyle between town and country let alone black and white, Christian and heathen, rich or poor.

Even in the more unenlightened times when we had problems differentiating between the white man and the savage, there was still the basis of tolerance when it came to politics, religion and position in society. Some ideas were wrong and some were right, but little has improved in the intervening years, in truth we have become less tolerant, more bigoted, more envious, spiteful and pitiless. Much of this has been in the name of political, racial or religious correctness.

To illustrate the nonsense of it all let’s take a simple analogy – an individual at a dinner party announces that they are a staunch Communist/Trotskyite/Marxist. A murmur of approval passes around the table, what a sincere person, visions of this charismatic activist attempting to overthrow the capitalist oppressors. However, what if they had said they were a staunch Nazi/Fascist ? Shock – horror – visions of this inhuman monster, with jackboots on the neck of the weak. However, reflect for a moment, the aims, ideals, practices and actual realisation of both ideologies is very similar. There is one over-riding practical difference however, the Nazis actually murdered less innocent people to achieve their ends, than did the Communists. Today, decades later, millions of people continue to be murdered in the name of Communism or religion and the spineless governments of the so-called free world do nothing.(unless strategic sites or oil is involved, of course)

Don’t misunderstand me, I do not support fascism or communism in any shape or form, but the basis of our society actively encourages and supports our individual freedom of speech. Take this away by banning the right or left wing fanatics or any of the other nasty little groups and which one does someone decide should be silenced tomorrow. Doesn’t take much imagination to see the path this slippery slope takes.

Censorship is a double-edged sword, which cuts both the innocent as well as the guilty. Tolerance and compassion can overcome hypocrisy and hatred and give a chance for the world to co-exist in a loving civilised form.


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© 2012 Peter Geekie

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    • Peter Geekie profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Geekie 

      5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Seafarer mama

      I am afraid you are right - my grandmother used to say about those who went to church on SUnday then sinned all week.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Good reflection, Peter. Political Correctness tends to be a cover for intolerance of ideas in many ways...and can make someone less connected with the humanity of the person one is speaking with. Those who like to tout themselves as super "PC" tend to have other issues...including feeling they are better than others...more intelligent...."holier than thou."

    • Peter Geekie profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Geekie 

      6 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Thank you Allen - I agree with your assesment

      Kind regards Peter

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      Allen Williams 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I agree that political correctness is and has been a problem. That in itself made people less tolerant by trying to force people not to say or do something that would offend someone else. It goes overboard and actually produces the opposite effect. I also believe that tolerance works both ways, and those who are telling you to change are showing that they themselves are intollerant

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