The philosopher Karl Popper first defined what is known as the paradox of tolerance in his 1945 book The Open Society and Its Enemies. It states:
“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. “
In Layman’s terms, what this means is that in order for tolerance to exist within a society, the people of that society must be intolerant of intolerance and that they must be willing to defend tolerance at all costs otherwise, intolerance wins. (Read the entire definition here.)
Hyperians do not tolerate intolerance. We hate it. We hate racism, we hate homophobia, we hate sexism, we hate intolerant people. Then, we take our hate a step further by directing it towards systems that encourage, justify, teach, protect, or normalize intolerance.
This does NOT mean that we hate tolerant people who just happen to be caught up in those systems. These are people that we should be trying to reach, and need I remind you that almost all of us came from one of those systems. So… Pot, meet Kettle.
I’m not saying love everybody. Clearly, as I’ve pointed out above, that doesn’t work. What I’m saying is don’t be dicks, and pick your battles. Someone who is LGBTQA and a Christian is someone you should be handing a Unity Document, not brow beating for their beliefs. Beliefs can change. Save your hate for the crazy bastards that commit hate crimes against LGBTQA people in the name of religion and the religion itself.
Directing your hate where it’s deserved also means getting active in the real world and making yourself heard. Social media is great for sharing information, but as the recent Facebook blackout has proven, it has next to no impact on the real world. So, join up with LGBTQA and women’s marches in your area. Hit up Pride events and anti-racism rallies. Do something that expresses your hate for intolerance and supports others that do as well.
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