Friday, August 20, 2004

Tolerance/Inclusiveness: what it is, what it isn't

Jeff Foxworthy type joke: You know you belong to an inclusive homeschool group when . . . someone is intolerant of someone else being intolerant.

That is neither tolerant nor inclusive folks.

Tolerance is not my valuing "the light" within you -- it is recognizing your right to have any damn color light you want to have, or no light at all, and that another's opinion of the quality of light matters not a whit.

If you want to think that my opinion of your light matters, go to blazes.

Huh, this reminds me of "support" and what is "support". Sometimes, oftentimes, support is not a warm-fuzzy. Support can be a hard cold slap in the face, or a brick wall -- although it should probably be offered with coffee and donuts and tissues. A warm-fuzzy is sometimes just codepedent enabling. Although sometimes it is just a warm-fuzzy too.

As someone named Joyce Carey said:

"The truth is that life is hard and dangerous;
that he who seeks his own happiness does not find it;
that he who is weak must suffer;
that he who demands love, will be disappointed;
that he who is greedy, will not be fed;
that he who seeks peace, will find strife;
that truth is only for the brave;
that joy is only for him who does not fear to be alone;
that life is only for the one who is not afraid to die."

Or as I heard an Olympian comment this week of the Olympics, "If it wasn't hard, why would you want to do it?"

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