What is Tolerance?

I do not like the word “tolerate”.

Tolerance is like opening up your mind to an idea and closing it before you try to understand.

Tolerance is like placing your ideals on a pedestal while looking down on beliefs that couldn’t measure up to yours.

Tolerance is like eating something out of politeness to your host, but still finding it difficult to conceal the unpleasant look on your face as you swallow it.

Tolerance is like putting your toe in the pool to test the water and then deciding not to jump in.

Tolerance is like a white lie, only not so innocent.

Tolerance is an excuse for acceptance and an illusion of respect.