Quote of the day...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Tolerance is giving to every other human being, every right that you claim for yourself."

Robert Green Ingersoll
1833-1899, Civil War Veteran, Orator and Political Speechmaker

I found this quote to be interesting when I read it today. I looked up what Webster's actually had to say about tolerance & this is what I found:


\ˈtä-lərən(t)s, ˈtäl-rən(t)s\
15th century

1: capacity to endure pain or hardship : endurance , fortitude , stamina

2 a: sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own b: the act of allowing something : toleration

3: the allowable deviation from a standard ; especially : the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece

4 a (1): the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure <developed a tolerance to painkillers> ; also : the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen (2): relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factor b: the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food

I don't know if I agree with what Ingersoll says Tolerance is entirely (I believe tolerance is basically putting up with things you don't agree with - up to a point, of course!), but I do believe that any right that you claim for yourself you should also extend to those you come into contact with. What's the saying? No man is an island - and this I believe to be true as well. Any courtesy I expect/ask you to bestow me, I in turn should & will reciprocate to you.

I have tolerance for Michael's endless time spent on Fantasy Sports (ha ha) and b/c I expect him to put up with my camera constantly snapping away, I put up with his time spent looking up stats & scores. And he in turn, though he doesn't share my passion for photography (but he sure does love me to print & send him pictures) tolerates it & endures the time I steal the laptop away from him to work on my pictures (b/c I don't want to sit at the desktop).

So - I guess that shows, in my words, an example of tolerance and giving one another the rights that we each claim for ourselves.