Tolerance: do we have too much of it?
That’s the question NaturalNews asks in their article “Rethink Tolerance: 20 Ways We Put Up With Disrespect, Abuse, and Nonsense”. Their answer: yes, of course we tolerate too much stuff, and you know what? It’s our fault.
How so? Let’s take a look.
Tolerating things you don’t like was a necessary skill when you were young. Think about it. Babies and young children, in loving families, still MUST tolerate all kinds of “mistreatment” that they do not understand or appreciate. (Have you ever met a two-year-old?)
Kids growing up in dysfunctional families learn to tolerate not only the perceived injustices, but actual abuse and neglect.
The problem is, tolerance for perceived and actual mistreatment becomes so familiar that we end up (subconsciously) accepting it for the long haul. We don’t stop to realize that, as adults, there are OPTIONS.
We tolerate all kinds of abuse from other people, families, communities and governments. Nothing you can do about it. Just live with it (sigh). These are the sentiments that rule the day and create suffering for hapless sheeple all around the world.
You know you’re screwed when the writer of the article you’re reading uses the word “sheeple” without irony.
Also, seriously? The reason people stay in abusive households is because obviously they’re too stupid to get out? Really?
Gee, thanks. Remind me never to call you to talk about abuse, ever.
Now for the list of 20 things:
1. A poisoned food supply
Food and water are intentionally poisoned with toxic chemicals such as pesticides, fluoride, and genetically modified organisms.
Obviously people eat their vegetables without washing them first, because we like to have dirt on our food.
(Seriously guys? It’s not that hard to wash fruits and veggies. Also, one molecule of a pesticide won’t kill you, and depending on the pesticide used, it probably won’t even affect you—see Bt toxin, which has been used in organic farming for over five decades.)
The amount of fluoride in water is regulated by the EPA and it’s safe. There are public health benefits from the fluoride (namely you have healthier teeth), and it’s the most cost effective public health program.
In addition, fluoride toothpaste has more fluoride in it (1,000-1,500 ppm in a tube; by comparison there’s 0.7 ppm of fluoride in drinking water), and an adult would need to eat 4 tubes of it in order to get fluoride poisoning. And you’d be vomiting from the other additives first.
Soooooooooo, no, you’re not likely to get fluoride poisoning from the water. If anything, should you attempt to do this to “prove” that fluoride is a toxin, you’d get dilutional hyponatremia before you get fluoride poisoning.
[This is where I put in the DO NOT ACTUALLY DO THIS sign. Seriously, don't drink yourself to death just to prove a point.]
Finally, do I really need to pull out the list of over 600 studies verifying that GMOs are safe? Seriously. And at least 1/6th of the list are independent studies (or 126 independent studies; the list is outdated but the studies are real).
We’re off to a really bad start.
2. Mass corruption in government
Criminals and thugs are regularly elected and re-elected to positions of power around the world.
No guesses as to who, right?
(Hint: it starts with “Big” and ends with “Pharma”. Or “Science”. Or “Agriculture”. Or anything else really. But I think mostly Big Pharma.)
3. Mass corruption in the corporate world
Thieves and thugs in business regularly collude with cohorts in government while people keep buying their products.
Oh yes. I hear there’s this “doctor” in Texas who has not been (seriously) taken to task by the Texas Medical Board or the FDA for decades, even though his “cancer cure” has killed patients (including at least one child) and even though he’s utterly and totally incompetent. And unethical. Don’t forget about the unethical. You’d think that there’s some sort of political pull that this guy’s got, since he had been able to charge patients thousands of dollars to participate in his sham clinical trials until the FDA FINALLY put a hold on them sometime in 2012.
Oh wait. You meant Big Pharma, not Big Quacks. Apologies.
4. Lying and deception in the mainstream media
We sit at our TVs and listen to puppet heads neglect to mention the most relevant facts about current events.
5. Abuse of holistic businesses and practices
If you are a holistic business, you need to be mildly paranoid about the benefits of your product or service even though there are no harmful side effects.
So laetrile is harmless? And hydrogen peroxide won’t bleach your skin? And there’s no evidence that DMSO can cause glaucoma? And antineoplastons have not been linked to extremely elevated sodium levels, anemia, fatigue, headaches, and the like?
You get my meaning here, right?
Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies come right out and claim that their product endangers your health and may very well kill you.
Well yeah. No product is without risk. They’re also being honest about it, which is much more than the SCAM proponents will say.
Also, the reason that they’re even approved by the FDA is because 1. the risks are offset by the benefits and 2. they work. Both of these things are lacking in the SCAM department.
6. Vaccination abuse
Your right to spare your baby a toxin-laden vaccination is slipping away. In fact, you may be called a murderer if you refuse a vaccination.
Herd immunity is obviously DA WORST THING IN THE WORLD!
Also, to put that statement into context (listing some of the more comment complaints about ZOMGTOXINS in vaccines):
- Your body actually produces more formaldehyde in a day compared to what you would get in a vaccine. The wood in your house has more formaldehyde than a vaccine.
- Since we don’t use thimerosal in the vast majority of vaccines anymore, you get more mercury if you break a CFC bulb, or if you eat fish.
- You get exposed to more aluminum in your food than you do in a vaccine.
- There are no “aborted fetuses” in vaccines. Some vaccines are grown in cells derived from aborted fetuses, but these cells have been growing in Petri dishes for decades. At this point they’re so removed from their original source that they’re not even fetus cells anymore. It’d be sort of like saying that HeLa cells are made of cervices. That and the cells are all removed during processing, so this is essentially mostly moot.
If there are any others that I missed, leave a comment and I’ll research it.
7. Internet freedom under attack
There are those who would regulate your freedom of speech by monitoring what you post online and restricting information that they disagree with.
And who are these people, exactly?
8. Your email – no longer private
Your email account is routinely hacked and scrutinized by the government, a clear invasion of privacy.
And so it is! Governments shouldn’t hack email accounts!
But seriously, you have to REALLY egotistical to think that the NSA actually gives a rat’s ass about the amount of chain letters your grandmother forwards you every week.
Plus, can you even imagine HOW many email accounts there are, and how long it would take to hack every single one? And this is not including the fact that there’s a decent amount of people who have MORE than one email address (work/school/personal addresses anyone?), which means MORE accounts and MORE hacking.
In other words: the likelihood that the NSA hacked your account? Nil.
9. Forced psychiatric drugging
Psychiatrists and legislators would like to force psychiatric drugging and imprison people who seek treatment for problems. If you don’t want meds or even electric shock treatment, then you may be forced into it or physically confined.
Yeah, that might be an issue if you were declared to be legally insane by a court of law.
“Why no, I’ve never been declared insane by a court of law.”
Then why are you worrying about it?
10. Truth tellers and legitimate conspiracy theorists and jailed in prisons and hospitals [sic.]
When someone learns the truth and has the nerve to come out with it, they are destroyed.
Which is why InfoWars and NaturalNews doesn’t exist anymore, right?
11. Tolerance for obesity
Someone depressingly overweight consumes a diet high in sugar, fat, and toxins. [...]
Because obviously people who are overweight are slobs who can’t stop eating bacon and if they just stopped eating processed foods, it’ll all be resolved oh so easily. *rolls eyes*
[...] These folks have a high tolerance for body discomfort, even though they hate it. The tolerance is so high that it is less painful to endure their as it is than to exchange their dietary and lifestyle habits for healthier ones.
Ewww, thin elitism.
Seriously. There’s a large amount of people who are eating healthy foods and who exercise regularly, and yet they’re STILL overweight. Losing weight is not as easy as “oh, just eat healthier!”, like it’s depicted on TV. It takes a LOT of work—and in many cases, they’re actually pretty damn healthy.
So can we stop with the body shaming now?
12. Tolerance for personal abuse
A tortured woman stays with the man who mistreats her.
So much women put up with SO MUCH from abusive men. These women have a super high tolerance for rejection, betrayal, and mistreatment. Their tolerance is so high that they find it easier to put up with abuse than to face life on their own.
No. No no no no no no no no no. And no again. No.
No. People who are being abused by their significant others don’t stay there because they LIKE being abused. They stay there because they fear that if they leave, their significant other might find them and hurt them. Their abuser manipulates their emotions to the point where they’re left fearing for their lives all the freaking damned time.
Just, what the hell?
This author is a freaking ASSHOLE.
13. Tolerance for loneliness and emptiness
A lonely person avoids socializing and laments a solitary life.
Lots of people feel so alone in this world. They have a super high tolerance for loneliness, even though they don’t enjoy it. They routinely avoid socializing and making new friends because the loneliness is more comfortable than reaching out.
Or they could just be really shy. Or they could have mental disabilities that keep them from socializing with people. Or any other many reasons that would keep them from socializing with people.
Seriously, the “oh, I’m so much better than you” is nauseating.
14. Tolerance for worthlessness.
Someone with low self esteem piles on with daily self-condemnation.
Because it’s so easy to have a better self-esteem.
Trust me on this. It’s not.
15. Settling for personal mediocrity
Depressing mediocrity is often tolerated more than the perceived pressure of success and high responsibility. Thousands of mid-level managers, would-be entrepreneurs and trapped housewives dream of doing something really great with their lives, but are much more comfortable with their current lot. Tolerance for mediocrity is the culprit.
Because obviously it’s because they WANT to be that way, and not because they don’t have the opportunity to do something great.
16. Intolerance for happiness
Nathaniel Branden called it happiness anxiety. This happens when you become happy, then anxious (because you know the happiness won’t last).
When bad news is just around the corner, you abandon the happy state in favor of hanging out where you are more comfortable – with your problems.
Because obviously depressed people just HATE happiness!
17. Tolerance of fear, anxiety, and needless uncertainty
Because obviously the only reason we’re anxious is because we HATE feeling prepared, so it’s 100% your fault.
18. Tolerance for guilt
Because we all really want to feel guilty forever and ever, I mean, there’s no such thing as a mental disorder that can cause you to do things that are wrong, right?
And obviously it’s so easy to break a habit. Just don’t do it anymore. See? Problem solved! Where’s my cookie?!
19. Tolerance for conflict
Because obviously the only reason people fight is because they WANT to fight. It’s not as if there’s a legitimate reason to argue and be mad, right?
So don’t be mad if the person you’re arguing with was late AGAIN, and don’t be mad if your partner was cheating on you or spent all of your money at Vegas. Just smile and get over it!
20. Tolerance for being controlled
Because obviously the way to solve being a doormat is by saying “don’t be a doormat anymore”. Problem solved!
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