Changing Views on Tolerance
In the past, a tolerant person was someone who held strong views but recognised the right of others to hold equally strong but opposing understandings on an issue. They could rigorously debate one another on any issue and agree to disagree without any animosity or ill feeling. Today, a tolerant person is understood to be a person who does not hold strong views, and an intolerant person is a person with strong views. Sadly, how the world has changed? All we are left with is personal opinion and a void in regard to serious discussion and rigorous but respectful debate.