Thursday, 19 April 2012

Tolerance vs. Respect; a Classic Conundrum

With the politically correct (or 'PC') movement in full swing in the Western Freeworld one would thing we're coming to a turning point in handing off the crucible of disunity; people are people are people.  What could be more intrepid than the gov't and media's stride to unit our blustering populous than with song and cheer?  Everyone is tolerated because it's fair humanitarian practice to hold that we were all created equal.  God, I don't know where that one came from, but it is nevertheless the noble truth of humanity.

The real problem begins with tolerance itself.  We can tolerate someone without respect... in fact we can tolerate someone or something despite sheer hatred for the entity or institution.  My question is, then; what's so great about "tolerance"?

I'd rather be respected than tolerated... respect can't be imposed.  Whatever miscellaneous establishment can preach tolerance until they're blue in the face, and surely people will follow, but more and more each day I feel the collective rancour swelling in the bowels of British society.  Good, honest people would never opt for the kind of discordance this might portend, but we then see scurrilous groups such as the England Defense League and the National Front picking up the slack.

What might the problem be, you ask.  Perhaps the fact that we're trying to change the national dialectic, one faux pas at a time.  People aren't 'mentally retarded' anymore, they're 'developmentally challenged'... or perhaps just a little slow or special as it goes.  I personally have no problem with this, but, on the other hand, we're not doing half as much as we could to educate people about diversity in society while still keeping everyone happy and healthy.

While the job market is in a slump we're bringing more and more people into the country and saving even more disabled Britons with benefits.  I'm all for immigration and disability benefits, however, what's missing is the societal substrate of equality and just over all balance.  While the gov't has its back turned to one group in helping another, they often don't turn around and think to themselves "okay, now that we've got a problem with mass immigration we should take radical measures to solve the radical problem of mass immigration choking the job market," but they seem to by paying about as much attention as the Catholic Church paid to allegations of child abuse.

Surely, many Brits also have to change their ideas about working and finding work, but this upheaval is incumbent on a financial system in flux, and periods of adjustment are often enough painful periods of adjustment.  Each side needs to think then rethink they stance on love, life, and loyalty.  Absolutes lead down narrowing roads.


  1. I don't know the situation in Britain first hand, but I do know that a big part of the issue here in Canada is that there is a huge emphasis on economic immigrants with excellent skills and then a system of barriers that keep people from filling those positions. You've surely met Iranian neurosurgeons cum taxi drivers and the like. This has two effects - promoting misery and resentment among the recipients of this bait-and-switch and increasing the number of applicants for lower end positions.
    I'm not sure about how disability support works in England, but I know some people here in Alberta who have a slow claw-back prgram for disability benefits - like they keep their pharmacare up to $30k income, and can make $10k from employment without losing any income benefit with some scale back of $1 for every $2 earned.
    Of course the wealthy, we're told would never get out of bed for a 50% marginal tax rate (which this amounts to), but I'm told by someone whose on that gradient that it's better than the all or nothing system where he'd be poorer working, just by trying to pay for his meds.
    In any case, I can see where you're coming from but I also think that rather than a numbers game with immigration it might be more of a follow-through issue, like I see here in Canada.
    Anyhow, enjoying the blog.

  2. I do not share your loathing for organized religion, but we aren't far off elsewhere:


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