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Tolerance is in some quarters a virtue in disrepute. Its demand to abide, endure, permit, and even suffer the existence of what we find wrong and intolerable is fraught with contradictions. Tolerance involves accepting, abiding, or accommodating views that one rejects. In fact, its linguistic cognates in many languages include the verb to suffer (i.e., to suffer the existence of what one finds objectionable and wrong). It calls us to live in cognitive dissonance. We are obliged to bear what in fact we find unbearable: For, if we did not find this, that, or the other word or deed objectionable, there would be no call to tolerate them. The whole issue of tolerance only arises when some act or speech is deemed objectionable.

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