The famous sentence from Voltaire do not share your opinion but I would give my life to defend your right to express it seems a tribute to tolerance. And for many it is. However is on display at the mural’s history as a linguistic aesthetic shape that little has served in practical terms to feed the affection and contribute to the harmony between human beings. And perhaps the problem lies in our idea of tolerance. What do we mean when we speak of tolerance? What kind of action hope than that which we call tolerant or who demand tolerance? As says r. Echeverria emotions and moods they are essentially incommunicable and we assume that two individuals feel the same for the type of expected behaviour associated with an emotion.
The tolerance is a State of mind, an automatic layout action but, what action? Do if I affirm that I am implicitly tolerant I am saying that I act in certain ways, to deal with certain situations I respond in a certain way: how? Human beings have not shown an attitude of tolerance throughout its history and in recent times it has blurred even more this feature that is intended to be a virtue. The historic Arab-Israeli conflict is not precisely an example of that virtue. Nor is an example the Bush message we are the brightest beacon of freedom and opportunity in the world and nobody will let that light shine, without prejudice to the legitimacy of their desires and values. Nor tolerance in the philosophy of Osama Bin Laden or religious approaches that underpin his act is observed. A legend that reads by reason or force is inscribed in the Chilean coat of arms. In 1973 two Chileans groups not be tolerated more… Finally, the examples are many and reinforce the conviction that tolerance is a virtue highly elusive and slippery.