February 27, 2013

Thought for 2.27.13

Minority views should be respected whether they are the wave of the future or the deposit of the past.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG


Erika Baker said...

Unless they are positively harmful.

Tobias Haller said...

A good reminder, Erika. I would not say, however, that respect = approval; and if positive and direct harm can be demonstrated, then it is time for a more substantial change. Often truly harmful or hurtful ideologies die out on their own, though sometimes they are nourished like a viper in the bosom of the body politic, and a more decisive action is needed. I think the history of the end of slavery in the US is a helpful illustration: the move from ending the slave trade, to gradual manumission, to emancipation and abolition was a painful course for some -- though there were strong abolitionists from the very beginning, and diehard slavery supporters at the end.