Saturday, May 06, 2017

Why must I tolerate the intolerable?

Why do those who scold me, telling me to be "tolerant", only seem concerned that I tolerate those who want to violate me?

I have no trouble "tolerating" those who prefer dogs to cats, worship gods, choose chocolate over vanilla, are some variety of LGBTQ, laugh at me because I dislike manual transmissions, believe the Earth is flat, or whatever. I may even love them, rather than to simply "tolerate" them, which seems a rather low bar.

You might tolerate the woodrat that lives under your porch, but you smile if he dies. It seems odd that thinking of people the same way is something they'd encourage.

So, yeah, I can tolerate an awful lot.

But, I won't tolerate those who want to rob, trespass, murder, kidnap, or govern. Archation is a deal-breaker. And it seems those are the people I'm most often told I must tolerate. No deal.

People who want to rob, murder, and govern you are not people you can "tolerate" and survive. They can't be a part of your future, if your future is to be one of hope and thriving. Don't tolerate them or their ideas.


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  1. Okay, I'm curious... why do you dislike manual transmissions? They're cheaper to maintain and do better in SHTF scenarios... what's not to love?

    1. Just never enjoyed them. Driving isn't one of my favorite things to do anyway, and they just complicate it.

    2. Fair enough! In case you aren't aware, there are two important advantages that make manuals preferable in SHTF scenarios:
      1. You can start the car with an almost completely dead battery by letting the car roll until it's moving fast enough to let the clutch out and turn the engine over. On level ground, two average guys can typically push a car or light truck fast enough to get it started.
      2. Most are less likely to leak fluids and if all fluids were lost, the automatic stops working immediately. The manual will continue to work until something important breaks (which if driven slowly could be a very long time).

    3. I've tried the push start thing with varying levels of success- usually more towards the failure level.
      I suspect in a true SHTF scenario, cars won't be useful as transportation for long anyway, regardless of transmission type. Probably the transmission won't be the limiting factor.

      But, as with all voluntary things, it doesn't bother me what others want to drive (as long as they don't keep grabbing and trying to shift my knee- which always happens).