ANSWERS: 27
  • That depends on how they act.
  • It's really upto the person who is expressing their veiwpoint, what is more in Q, is how that individual recieves anothers viewpoint. Not all points of view coincide with eachother, and tolerences can be tested.
  • My tolerance of such people is a function of how they behave with their viewpoint. I tolerate different viewpoints well. The sticking point is how those viewpoints cause people to act. For instance, if you are standing on my doorstep at 7:30 am on a Saturday, ringing my bell with tidings of Jesus, I'm not going to be very tolerant.
  • I can tolerate them just fine if they can intelligently argue their points without attacking mine or infusing emotion. It all turns into gobbldy gook at that point and they look stupid. There can be no more discussion at that point. I have had many disscussions with people who held positions that were so far from my own that it seemed impossible to find ANY common ground. If they were able to keep it in the range of discussion and not slide into emotional tyrades we usually ended up agreeing on some points and finding out more about each other and the points of each other's beliefs that we wanted to know more about. And we also ended agreeing to disagree.
  • I tolerate them quite well. If they are polite to me then I have no problem even being friends with them. I don't tolerate rudeness no matter what a person believes. It's the way people act towards me and others that affects my ability to tolerate them.
  • it really depends on how i am feeling that day, what the subject is, how they respond. i wish i could give you a firm answer on this but there are too many vairables.
  • I tolerate different viewpoints well- but some things are not viewpoints. I do not suffer fools lightly. For example, Abortion is a topic that people can disagree on. Intelligent, well informed people can exist on both sides of the debate. I have my opinion, and others have theirs, and I can respect that. Same-sex marriage and Creationism are topics where you don't have rational thoughts on both sides. You have people on one side who are simply ignorant of the facts, and often cling to their ignorance with pride and conviction. They want to use their religious beliefs to suppress the human rights of others, or as a replacement for science. I can't tolerate intolerance.
  • I don't typically tolerate them well. I can admit that. Some things I just don't understand- but I guess that goes the same with all of us... I accept that others don't believe the same as I do. I just can't tolerate when people won't listen. I try to listen to everyone. I might not listen for that long, but I give it a good 'ol college try.
  • It is not a problem. I respect people and see the image of God in them whether or not they see that in themselves.
  • In my view, perhaps it is not a question of 'tolerating' at all. It appears that we human beings have an insatiable need to be 'right.' While individual confidence comes from knowing what is 'true' for them, a wiser individual accepts all viewpoints as 'JUST information.' One doesn't really need to argue in most cases, but needs to just LISTEN. Listening with an open mind is a powerful tool. Human experience is multilayered, perhaps what is 'on the table' is unfamiliar to our world or way of being. In many ways just listening expands not only ones own 'information' base but indeed may create a better sense of cooperative effort toward oneself and others. Note: cherished husband and I have taken on an interesting challenge within our own relationship. If we are to respect individuality and honor one's right toward an individual viewpoint, then how can we -- while in the middle of any 'debate' perceive each other to be EQUALLY right? This has made our communication, regardless of topic, to be much more maturely loving and cooperative. More, it 'allows' the other to be respected without fear of win-lose stances! What is interesting as a sidebar to our practice is we have both noticed how 'having to be right' is so pervasive in our society at large. If an individual feels confident about what they believe, know or practice for themselves, we -- their 'outsiders' -- will witness correct thinking by their behaviors, by how these individual role model what is good for the common man. (If they lack humane conduct, we as listeners and as witnesses know, wisely, they are not 'speaking' for us, let alone promoting global values.) These cooperative behaviors are promoted not be stance, argument nor opinion per se, but by benevolent personal actions, having a larger goal in mind which is humane awareness and respect toward every person's right of experience. If 'good' these will hold 'true' for the commonality of our human condition. If we are to foster freedom, the pursuit of happiness and liberty, we would be reminded to celebrate the differences not merely tolerate them. Would we, ourselves as independent thinkers and individuals, want to be given anything less for ourselves?
  • Much more harshly than I know I should - it really is a case of 'it's not them, it's me' and I hate that part of who I am....good question
  • Pretty well. My husband is pagan, and I'm christian. As long as people don't try to force me to their view, and their view doesn't hurt anybody, I really don't worry about it.
  • My problem is with fools. I do not suffer fools gladly. On the other hand, I crave and enjoy argument, but always respect and tolerate the other fellow's point of view.
  • I tolerate it pretty well, I like to hear different points of view and the reasons behind them. I think you learn a lot about people by not just knowing where they stand but really digging into why.
  • Not at all. If you assume that what you believe in is good, than how can you respect someone who beieves in evil? I have zero respect for people who's views are the opposite of mine. They may differ, whereas they are misguided, however if all of their views are th opposite of mine then they are plain wrong.
  • I tolerate them well if they back their viewpoint well and aren't disrespectful towards other viewpoints.
  • I tolerate them very well. The world would be boring if everyone thought the same. However, if they're obnoxious about it, I don't tolerate their behavior very well.
  • I lived with my total polar opposite for three years. When it was good, it was really, really good; when it was bad, it was really, really bad.
  • I am pretty tolerant of other people's viewpoints, but as soon as they start calling names or indulge in attacks ad hominum I am finished with them.
  • depends, if its an educated opinion and not one based on prejudices then i can tolerate them pretty well. if not then not well at all.
  • I used to be my way or the highway - but with age comes wisdom (well maybe a little) and patience (ok not so much) Friends who have opposite views as mine fall into two categories. Ones who love a good argument and will search out facts or trivia to back up their views. The ones in the other group and I know when we have come to a wall and change the subject and never speak of it again. Life is too short. The my way or the highway people get some tolerance from me because i understand their passion. But mostly I avoid them. (except when I pick on them on AB) I know this doesn't answer the question, but the question has sure given me something to ponder. Thank you.
  • It depends on if they are arrogant, self-righteous and rude about it, or they are gracious, open and benevolent. If they are the latter, then it can be quite refreshing because it would be boring if everyone thought exactly like me.
  • As long as "tolerance" is not defined answering this question will be impossible. Many people say I tolerate, but in reality they mean I ignore. Respecting individuality, privacy, freedom... does not automatically mean tolerance. Tolerance, I believe, starts when the so called Other makes a real challenge to the way we live. Tolerance is a social value that comes forth through the collective, not the individual freedom! Tolerance begins when you have to make concession. The lovely "I tolerate everybody as long as s/he lives away from my protected, bordered, isolated individuality" does not help very much.
  • I do not tolerate the views of shallow people who do not want to know anything. They do not watch the news or want to learn anything new, yet the purport to have an opinion. Well in my book they are ignorant and stupid. If they can come up with an intellectual sensibly based argument then I will listen and be happy to interact with them. Other than that they can join the ranks of ignorant sheeple who will be led like lambs to the slaughter by the manipulators and puppeteers who want to control us.
  • Depends on their intensity... If you get in my face with anything...I immediately disrespect your stance. If you can deal with me from an intelligent place, then nothing you have to say is offensive. It's not the opinion I hate, its the A-hole thrashing it around like a loaded gun that I can't stand.
  • Very well because I can see both sides of any arguement. Plus I love to stoke the fire of raging debate. Pissing people off gives me a rush.
  • Very well, I believe we are all entitled to our own opinions . I may disagree vehemently but that does not mean I cannot respect another person for holding to their beliefs or opinions.

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