Penn Jillette has a quotable line about tolerance and respect in the Toronto Star:
“There’s a big difference between tolerance and respect. Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying ‘that’s nice.’ Respect is when you say something crazy and I say ‘you’re out of your f—ing mind.’ Direct confrontation, direct conversation is real respect. And it’s amazing how many people get that.”
It sounds all well and good, but that type of “respect” will shut down any chance of dialogue. No one on the receiving end of something like “You’re fucking crazy” will ever respond with “Thanks for respecting me.”
I also don’t get how telling crazy people they’re out of their “f—ing mind” is respect. Honesty? Truth? Maybe one of those. But I don’t see any real definition of respect that makes sense in that context.
(via Canadian Atheist)
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