Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tolerance Awareness Tuesday

What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents. - Robert F. Kennedy, 1925 - 1968

Think about that ... I can't recall being offended by a person who is promoting his idea, but I can easily recall taking offense by an extreme person who is critical about a tenet that I hold dear.

As Masons, we are taught to "subdue our passions." This, I maintain, does NOT mean that we should be without passion. Most of us are very passionate about the ideals we espouse. It does mean that we should be temperate - and that is in our speech and actions as well as in our appetites.

Thanks to "Quote of the Day" for the Kennedy quote.