The chief devil calls together every possible evil entity that is in range of his magnetic voice and says, “How can we interfere up there in the world that dwells between ours and the Light we despise? What can we do to further deceive human beings? We must keep them living in the dark, unaware of the Light that wants to release them from our influence. I want something so evil, so sinister, that no one will know what happened. Who’s got a good idea?”
That instant the flames of all the little imps gathered there in the smoldering dark go dim; they’re afraid of their leader, who will fry them for failing. A day later, as planned, they all return with a few ideas, although nothing spectacular. Then, out of nowhere, one tiny imp hops on the shoulder of the chief devil and whispers something in his ear. A second later, and *kaboom* flames shoot out of every pore of the chief devil as he shouts, “Ah! I have the plan in hand!”
He looks around at all of his lieutenants, each of whom is assigned to certain individuals on Earth, and gleefully instructs them: “I want you to go up there and slowly spread among the sleeping masses the idea of ‘tolerance.’ Do whatever it takes to succeed. Convince them that this idea is their own, and that they should start teaching that learning to tolerate each other is the same as loving one another. Oh yes! This is my best deception yet! It’s a real killer!”
– Guy Finley
According to G. K. Chesterton, “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.” You should stay committed to your convictions, but flexible in your approach or dealings with others. The same right you claim for yourself, you must concede to others too. The word ‘tolerance’ in the story means only a diplomatic or convenient co-existence, which again is mistakenly taken for ‘love for one another” which is nothing but sheer ‘deception’. There is no “yes” or “no” in the case of truth. Sadly, much of the malady we see all around in the spiritual life is attributable to our eagerness to compromise the truth, the word we have ingeniously coined for it is ‘dialogue’ – which incidentally is very convenient, whereas ‘truth’ often is very inconvenient..