Musings On A Memorial Day

We do not live in a tolerant age. Of all the rallying cries the early 21st century will be remembered for, “live and let live” will most certainly not be among them. In fact, as I watch even the self-appointed “champions” of tolerance becoming themselves more and more intolerant, I can think of no philosophy that better sums up the antithesis of everything this century has stood for so far than “live and let live.”

Ah well, it’s never been a terribly popular philosophy, now has it?

Yes, it’s had its localized renaissances and resurgences here and there, but never enough to truly call it “popular,” and yes, I know things have gotten better than they used to be. At least these days it’s not in vogue anymore to actually kill those who “aren’t like us,” and that is progress. Mind you, as cultural achievements go, “not murdering, merely despising,” isn’t much to brag about.

I’ll grant it’s a start though . . . and besides, who knows? This century is still young, and it’s within the realm of possibility that I’ll yet live to see a better age dawn. It’d help if people would start working on their tolerance skills now though, since while I’m planning on living a long, long time, I’m not planning on living forever.

And some day time is going to run out.

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