Wednesday, November 16, 2005

uh oh... and IDT

Uh oh. My human is kinda mad at me. Sometimes I hog the computer, tap tap tap... typing with my little paws and my nose, so it wasn't until tonight that he read my post for last night.

He told me that I should be more tolerant. Not everyone is a curious cat or a curious human who is interested in nearly everything.

So I told him that it makes me mad that people twist facts to make hateful arguments like those statistics on unwed mothers, or the Paris riots. Even worse are the people who aren't interested in learning as much facts as they can. They get swayed by very thin and illogical arguments and then repeat them, perpetuating the dissemination of misinformation. It's enough to make me get my CLAWS out!

Okay, so he finally agreed with me, but said I should concede that everybody is different in their intellectual ability and we should be nice to stupid people, after all, their laps are just as comfy for a cat to lie on. What sort of lame and shallow logic is that?

Anyway, speaking of being tolerant, today was the International Day for Tolerance. But who knew about it? Certainly hardly anybody in Australia. And we were one of the member states of UNESCO which agreed to the Declaration of Principles of Tolerance. Here is Article 1 - Meaning of Tolerance:

1.1 Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.

1.2 Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.

1.3 Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.

1.4 Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one's convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one's own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one's views are not to be imposed on others.

- Declaration of Principles on Tolerance (Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995)
- UNESCO Tolerance Programme

(UNESCO is short for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)

I like the bit about respect, acceptance and appreciation. I'm not sure I agree with the last point. I think everybody should agree with me!

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Midweek. Not long to go before the weekend. I live for the weekend as I get lots more of my human's company.

Tonight we may watch some more of the Firefly series.


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