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F . The Principle of Tolerance

Closely related to the Principle of Avoidance of Tyranny is the Principle of Tolerance. Society has no business concerning itself with insignificant differences between people, and/or advocate disparate treatment of any individuals with those kind of differences.23 Also, society has no business concerning itself with people who essentially "ask for it," and thereby receive some MINOR harm. One of the ways in which people learn is to try things out for themselves, voluntarily, and then if they experience some minor harm, they can make their own choice as to whether or not the pleasure and/or happiness which they also experienced is worth the cost of the minor harm which they also received. Society should only concern itself with the prevention of major harm, and the prevention of non-consensual harm of all degrees, to the maximum extent which is practicable under the corollary principles expressed herein, and their overriding dogma. And even beyond this, our society must also recognize the great contributions made by so-called "risk takers." These are people who are willing to lay their very lives on the line for something in which they believe, even if it is a mere momentary pleasure. Our society should not become the "great mother" of us all, preventing us from risking our lives in the pursuit of our own happiness. So, even in circumstances where there is some likelihood of even a MAJOR harm, up to and including the death of an individual participant, society has no business trying to prevent such activities so long as the major harm is very unlikely to occur,24 so long as all who review the activity in advance believe that there is a reasonably strong likelihood that the activity can be performed without the major harm occurring, and so long as all reasonable precautions against such occurrences of major harm are taken. However, it is very important to note that tolerance should NEVER rise to the level of indifference! If a major harm is being inflicted, or if even a minor harm is being inflicted against the will of the harmed party, it becomes the duty of society to intervene, and that duty can only be exercised through citizens who each exercise their own good judgment as to how far they should go towards personal intervention, and in the event personal intervention is impractical for some reason, each citizen witnessing the harm should ensure that somebody calls for help from the authorities charged with this duty.


23 This is tolerance in its usual sense. However, beyond this one sentence, this principle concerns itself with the aspect involving control of the activities of citizens.

24 This would exclude so-called "Russian roulette" from the list of acceptable activities!

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