Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.

Aristotle

What did he mean?
"He meant that if the people in a society stop caring about further improving it (apathy) and allow bad things to happen without trying to stop it (tolerance) then the society will reach its downfall." (by Nina, chosen by Asker from Yahoo Answers)

Tolerance is a virtue of a man with no convictions. G. K. Chesterton

 

"Todayís 'tolerance' makes the assumption that we all hold different beliefs but those different beliefs are all equal. That appalls me. If Iím going to take the time to believe in something, have a conviction, live it out, and stand up for what I believe in, what good is it if I donít even believe that my beliefs are true? And if my beliefs are true, why would I even consider a conflicting belief to be on the same level? I wouldnít! What good is a conviction if you donít believe it to your core and reject anything that is in opposition to it? Yet, this is what the new tolerance is about. A man without convictions would have an easier time saying that all beliefs are equal." Abby Nyethe young author of Fish Out of Water: Surviving and Thriving as a Christian on a Secular Campus, graduate of Butler University

 

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