(For a complete one-sentence evaluation of this man whom i’ve not read, please mozy on down to my previous post.)
In the below-mentioned article, Mr. Chopra offers 10 steps to peace consciousness. I only want to take exception with number 8. In it he encourages us to “try to be tolerant of the intolerant”. (sorry, i can’t find the article online so no link) This is a pretty bad idea.
Not that i want to encourage us to be intolerant of the intolerant either. The solution is rather to step out of the game the intolerant are playing and out-fox them: we must figure out why certain people are intolerant, how they are rendered so and lay our axe to the root of the problem. We must learn to influence the intolerant so as to make them become tolerant. Fighting fire with fire or simply giving in are both easy and doomed solutions.
Practically speaking, we need our social scientists to start studying the development in individuals of (religious and sectarian) intolerance so as to propose new solutions to this age-old problem. The intolerant are being manipulated; and we must manipulate them back, with, say, the truth. If the religious and other leaders of our times are finding the right words to convince people to blow us all up, we ought to be able to convince them not to (you’d think ours was the easier task). But that requires some good, old fashioned (social) science and perhaps a bit of rhetoric – but certainly not peaceful but short-lived indifference.