Re: Tolerance strategies (was: Two Essays on the violence...)

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 04:58:24 MDT

"Alex F. Bokov" wrote:
> Okay, here is a rephrased an simplified version of my question:
> Given that intolerant and absolutist memes can by definition exist
> within a tolerant and relativist society, but not vice versa, what
> strategies can the tolerant and relativist society use to survive?
> Will these strategies require it to relinquish some of its tolerance
> and relativism?

Your not vice versa is unwarranted as almost all tolerance
and/or relativism grew out of experience with intolerant
societies. The tolerant society will survive simply because it
is the most flexible, peaceful, prosperous and generally happy
if truly tolernat and open. Intolerant absolutist meme systems
are seen to simply not be competitive or preferable over time in
the contrast of their effects. Becoming less good is not a
productive way to oppose something more evil. It muddies the
difference unnecessarily.

- samantha

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