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October 2, 2012

The Intolerant Nature of Worlviews

By Ben Murch

Ah, the wonderful land of worldviews. Such pervasiveness. Such diversity! There are a myriad of worldviews out there. There is also a predominant idea that says whatever your worldview is, it must be tolerant of all other worldviews. Let’s keep it simple and take only two as examples because they are the predominate views in our culture today: Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans.

I was listening to certain conservative radio talk-show host who is know to debate “with half his brain tied behind his back, just to make it fair” and he was ranting and raving (sometimes with some good points to make) against the Democrats. He brought up the point: “We are for freedom, while they are not. We believe in the freedom for individuals to be anything they want, even be a liberal” I‘ll give him credit, there was some hesitancy, but perhaps he should use his whole brain from now on because that is absolutely untenable.

Interestingly, the liberals say similar things: they’re for freedom, they are the tolerant ones, the world would be a much better place if they were in power. There is this great struggle between these two worldviews, not only about socio-political matters, but about who is the most tolerant. It seems the idea is if one can prove their view is the all inclusive, all accepting, all loving, and absolutely tolerant view, as opposed to the other, then their view is of necessity, right, and the other wrong.

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