Tolerance, Humility, and Patience
Chapter 5 introduces three civic aspirations that move us closer toward a world of Confident Pluralism. Tolerance is the recognition that people are for the most part free to pursue their own beliefs and practices, even those beliefs and practices we find morally objectionable. Humility takes the further step of recognizing that others will sometimes find our beliefs and practices morally objectionable, and that we can't always “prove” that we are right and they are wrong. Patience points toward restraint, persistence, and endurance in our interactions across difference. Importantly, we can pursue these aspirations without agreeing on the reasons for doing so. If enough of us embrace them, we may be able to sustain Confident Pluralism even as we disagree about the underlying justifications.
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