Definition Dennis isn’t very familiar with Western culture. He’s struggling to learn the terminology…
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Police Officer: Do you know why I pulled you over?
Definition Dennis: I’m betting it’s because I hit 85 mph. But, I have to say, that’s pretty intolerant of you.
Officer: The speed limit is 45 on this road Mr…(*looks at license*) Definition. You were going almost twice what you’re allowed.
Definition Dennis: Yes–I know how fast you want me to go. But it’s my life, and it’s my decision.
Officer: Actually, sir, it’s not your decision. And now I have to write you a ticket. (*He grabs a pad and starts writing.*)
Definition Dennis: Look, I know I’m new around here, but a friend of mine just explained how tolerance works! When I think something is right, you can’t argue with me. Even if you don’t agree–you have to respect different opinions.
Officer: (*Rips ticket from pad and hands it to Dennis*) Then I guess you can say I don’t tolerate law-breakers. (*smiles*) Have a nice day!
Amanda: Poor Dennis! Let me clear things up. “Tolerance” only applies to beliefs about right and wrong.
Dennis: But I believe it’s alright to drive 85 miles per hour!
Amanda: Right…but…well…the law is different. The government decides officially what’s right/wrong, and then it’s not up for debate any more.
Dennis: So, the government can’t be “intolerant?” Uh…then who can?
Amanda: People who want you to think their way instead of tolerating your uniqueness.
Dennis: (*excitedly*) Oh! So, like my boss who makes me wear a hairnet in the kitchen? And my mom and dad used to say I shouldn’t eat too much junk food! They just don’t get me, man! Sooooo intolerant.
Amanda: (Sigh) I guess it’s pretty complicated. In fact, let me know if you ever figure it out.