Monday, December 15, 2014

Word Study; Tolerance.


As Most of you know, The last few days I have been going around asking for definitions for the word Tolerance. Why? Because this word kept getting SHOVED in my face and I hadn't a clue what it meant. I would hear someone cry 'tolerance' and immediately I would get a bad taste in my mouth. Why? Because in my mind this is what it meant.

[quote]Tolerance in today’s culture seems to mean accepting anyone & their ideas and habits as long as they’re not Christian, or Christian based. [/quote] (From a member in my church)

But that is what I thought. When I came up with the idea for this word study it was going to be a rant. For I thought it was a synonym to 'approval.' I did not realize that, that is not what it meant at all. Now let's look at the word.

The word Tollo in Latin means-

[quote] Definitions:
lift, raise
remove, steal
take/lift up/away[/quote]

So Tolerance, the beginning means, simply to remove. Remove what?

The second half 'erance' I looked up and the closest I could find was the word 'ancepts' which means,

[quote]ADJ Definitions:
faces two/opposite directions/fronts
two headed/fold/edged/meanings

So very simply the word actually means to remove the opposite directions. Now honestly this surprised me! Remove the opposite directions? Really!

Up until yesterday whenever I heard the Tolerance. The verse 'Judge not lest ye be judged' popped into my head. Not anymore. Now I hear 'Be ye kind, one to another, Tender hearted forgiving one another. Even as God for Christ sake hat forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

Now let's look at a dictionary. My personal favorite to use is this one.

[quote] 1 A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.[/quote] (The link takes you to the whole definition.)

Hum, This word is really shaping into more than what I thought it was. Now I also went around and asked what some of my friends thought this word meant. Some of you decided to go look it up, and I thank all of you who did. Though I wanted it in your own words. The first one to send it back to me was Sir Kestrel. Who said.

[quote]Tolerance, to me, means being able to understand other points of view, even if they're different from your own. It's a process where people come to cope with each other. If we don't tolerate, then we choose hate instead and become a lesser people.[/quote]

With his being the first to come in it probably hit me the hardest. As I said Tolerance to me has always been somewhat of a dirty word. So for someone to say that tolerance helps us be better people really made me step back. As I said this originally was going to be a rant, but I have found that I have learned more during this word study than I have learned during any other. Almost to the point where it was difficult to actually do this post.

The next person to send it in was my dear Friend Crystal.

[quote]Having an opinion against someone's choice.. umm being fair and support ones option..[/quote]

Then Nobel;

[quote]To me the word Tolerance means respecting someone's actions or mannerisms and allowing them freedom for who they want to be.[/quote]

Then Sir CalmSir. Calm sent in his definition.

[quote]The strongest form of acceptance. Seeing and knowing things that you may not agree with, but not letting them sway your judgement of character. Unless the what you see has a direct negative effect on you or those around you... there is no need to speak out against it.[/quote]

Hum... Really. Honestly this is NOT the responses I was expecting. Not at all! Talk about don't check your brain at the door! Now I do say this word is still used WAY too often. Tolerance is a choice, It isn't a must. There are things I will tolerate, and there are things I won't. I will tolerate WJ putting her crafts on my art desk, but if Glitter or Zap try to take over I will have a fit. I like my arias neat and tidy.

Nobody HAS to tolerate anyone. We tolerate because we acknowledge the fact that-

[quote]Acknowledging that we are all different so will have different opinions. [/quote] (mom)

(My Pastor)

[quote]Tolerance is being willing to allow someone else hold a different view than you do. This would include religious, moral, political and other things people disagree about. Tolerating doesn't mean agreeing with or accepting a particular position. There are still right and wrong views. At least as God dictates it. A tolerant person will allow me to hold that position. [/quote]

If you want to read the rest of the definitions I got they are here.

Now to what started this;


I still don't understand how Tolerance has to do with being a brony. There are plenty of shows I like, and there are even more that I don't. Just because someone likes something, or doesn't shouldn't be any of our business. I know people tease. I could be crowned queen of teasing! However I don't understand what liking ponies, or super heroes, or anything else should be a good thing or a bad. I like watching Star Trek, and reading about battle strategies. Those are typically considered a boy things! I love getting dirty and have even been featured in the local news paper for playing with worms! I am a country bumpkin! And you know what, I consider it an HONOR whenever someone calls me a redneck. For that is what I am! I am a God fearing, dirty, redneck who likes the fine things of life, and understanding the way the world works. Is there anything wrong with that? No... Just like there isn't anything wrong for liking to stay clean, neat, and live in apartments.

We are all different, There are some opinions that are more right than others, but I have learned, that if you listen to both extremes on any given subject you will come close to understanding what truly happened. The importiant thing is to sit still and listen, to think before acting, and to understand the situation at hand. If I had done what I had originally planed to do. You all would be ranting on how WRONG I was in my opinion. For it was wrong. Tolerance isn't approving of what others believe or think, it is acknowledging the fact that we are different, and therefore are entitled to an option. It is like what Scotty said in 'Trouble with Tribbles.'

[quote]Easy Lad, Everyone is entitled to an opinion. [/quote]

This quote is immediately followed by the funniest fight scene EVER!

But in closing, I have learned much during this word study and plan to do another one soon. I am glad I have been taught to research, and therefore can look up to see what something means before I go on a rampage on a topic.

I want to thank all of you for reading, and if you have any more comments on this topic, don't be afraid to let me know. I will continue to add definitons to the word doc as long as I keep getting them. Till Next time.

V. Kathie Ardnek Out.

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