Tolerance?

Dean Jones should feel for remorse for his “terrorist” quip. And by
all accounts he does. He should apologise to Hashim Amla. And he did.
Amla should accept the apology. And he has. The public should know
that this is the case. And we do. In the world I grew up in, that
would have been the end of the matter. I’m sad that my children have
grown up in a far less forgiving world. In today’s climate of
paranoia and litigation, “accountability” has taken on a punitive
character it once happily lacked. Now we neither give nor expect
forgiveness for indiscretion. Someone’s head must roll. Blood
sacrifice is back.

Bernie de Vries (Letters, 12/8) is right to highlight respect, but
wrong to charge Jones with lacking it. But how did we get to this
odd, and at times disturbing, disposition? “Tolerance” used to mean
respecting people, whilst questioning what they said or did. Now it
means validating everything they do. (Unless they fail at the new
“tolerance”!) But then there’s the new mantra, “zero tolerance”. That
means there are some people we’ll never ever tolerate again, even if
they say ‘sorry’ and amend their lives. I’ll take the “old”
tolerance, thanks.


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