I was just skimming through LT's intolerance thread and it seemed to me that sometimes tolerance is a terrible thing.
We don't tolerate racism, sexism or abuse and punish it when we can. We expose and ridicule individuals and corporations if they are found guilty of fraud or deceit because we are intolerant of dishonesty. But in certain areas it seems you must be tolerant - whether you want to be or not.
I want the freedom to be an intolerant and grumpy old git!! I want to ridicule those inane telemarketers that always call me when I'm having my dinner, and why do they ask me how I am?!! Who the hell are they and why do they care? Get lost, I cannot tolerate you.
Idiots with bluetooth gadgets sprouting from their ears having loud conversations into thin air! Twats driving while on their mobile phones, morons smoking in no-smoking areas, kids who talk in cinemas - line up all of you and let me give you all a bloody good thrashing - I cannot tolerate you!
And there's so much more - bad service, lazy, workshy benefit cheats, anti-intellectualism and the dumbing down of society. Big Brother!! Holy crap I think I'll go live on some deserted rock because I just cannot tolerate the idiocy much longer.