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November 10, 2007

On tolerance and judgmentalism

“Americans are presently longing for high moral standards and the security they bestow, but our love affair with freedom and individualism gets in the way. We are unwilling or unable to see that such standards require a mentality that accepts and derives comfort from iron-clad rules that make no sense, and explanations like ‘just because’.”
Florence King

“Nonjudgmentalism is not really nonjudgmental. It is the judgment that . . . everything is the same, nothing is better. This is as barbaric and untruthful a doctrine as has yet emerged from the fertile mind of man.”
Theodore Dalrymple

“Where a reputation for intolerance is more feared than a reputation for vice itself, all manner of evil may be expected to flourish.”
Theodore Dalrymple

"Do not expect sound judgments in a society where being "non-judgmental" is an exalted value. As someone has said, if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.
Thos. Sowell

“Outspokenness, like originality, is not a virtue in itself: Its value depends on its subject matter and the circumstances in which it is exercised. . . . tolerance and respect are quite different things. One does not have to respect a man’s opinions to respect his right to have them: Indeed, tolerance would not be necessary if one respected everybody’s views. It hardly takes tolerance to tolerate what one respects.”
Theodore Dalrymple

“To base one’s rejection of what exists—and hence one’s prescription for a better world—upon the petty frustrations of one’s youth, as surely many middle-class radicals have done, is profoundly egotistical. Unless consciously rejected, this impulse leads to a tendency throughout life to judge the rightness or wrongness of policies by one’s personal emotional response to them, as if emotion were an infallible guide.”
Theodore Dalrymple


Posted by respeto at November 10, 2007 6:53 PM