Introduction: Tolerance is a noble virtue. It is wanted everywhere. It is the virtue that helps us put up with those who have different ways and opinions, and outlooks in life. It also enables us to judge the other sides of things with patience, without losing temper. In the past, the difference in religion led to prosecution, the difference in politics led to bad-blood and difference in opinions ended in blows.
Intolerance: Intolerance is quite opposite to it. Thousand of men and women were burnt for the difference in religion. Even today purges of political opinions have not yet been banished from society. Intolerance comes from bigotry, narrowness, prejudice, and blind self-concept.
A social virtue: Tolerance is not only an abstract virtue but also considerable influence in the current affairs of life. Man, being a social being, has to live in a spirit of harmony and co-operation with others in society. In such a process, give and take is a necessary capacity for compromise.
We cannot persuade others unless we ourselves are at the same time ready to be persuaded by practicing sweet and reasonableness. It is thus seen that tolerance is a social virtue which is opposed to dogmatism, and dictatorship in society compromise time anus is seen. It is impossible to be tolerant if one is hide-bound and rigid in views of full of prejudices.
Real meaning: Tolerance does not mean to come up against any fundamental principle. Our best self goes down if we tolerate evil. In matters relating to deeper questions and principles of life, it is our duty to stand up for them and refuse an easy compromise. But tolerance does not mean to bear up moral degradation, public nuisance acts, anti-social activities, moral corruption, wrong-doing, exploitation, and deception.
A tolerant person does not tolerate political and financial dishonesty. But in our personal life and daily dealings, we shall have to belong bearing. Tolerance does not mean to encourage a weak-kneed attitude to life. It has a limit and beyond that, it may become a social crime. Tolerance is a virtue in the simple affairs of life.
Necessity: The world has not been set to one pattern nor have men been shaped in a single mold. It is essential to pull together with all in society. It helps a man win people’s mind and earn popularity with people. The difference in environment or condition of life causes a difference in temperament and opinion. Historical revolution has to lead diversities in outlook. Heredity is a factor not to be overlooked.
Each distinctive overlook has its own background. A cultured person takes this into account, makes allowance for them and is ready to make concession and compromise. Without this broad-mindedness, energy may get wasted in the futile argument. In this long run mere passion never tends to any good nor solves any problem; passion has to be controlled and disciplined by reason and tolerance.
Unfortunately, anarchism and intolerance seem to be on the upgrade of late. Extremists with the help of sophisticated military weapons are seeking to destabilize a country, taking a heavy toll of innocent lives. Angry young man, challenging all established norms, now parade the walks of life. Tolerance has been cast to the wilds by them. Our aim should be to tackle them with a strong hand and then, of permissible, bring them to the conference table.
Our duty: Tolerance is entertained everywhere. It is not a question that we should either be tolerant or intolerant after we have considered every pros and con of anything. We know that more tolerant means a fool or a block-headed person. Tolerance does not mean to bear with any violence, injustice, unlawful acts with patience or silence. It means to watch and observe anything out of great patience. It aims or points at keeping politeness before having a clearance of anything. So
Conclusion: The consequence of tolerance is good for a tolerant. It is supported by every intellectual whole-heartedly.