We are aware that some people define "tolerance" in a pejoriative sense, derived from the original Latin verb "tolerare". In that sense, tolerance is an attitude that allows other people to carry on with their different ways, but without any actual interest in what they do, and not necessarily in a friendly manner.

For our project, we follow modern definitions of tolerance, as laid down in the following documents:

The German author Thomas Mann is quoted in the ECTR Concept:

[...] it is intolerable that a few discriminate against those whose skin is a different colour, who speak another language, who come from a foreign country, from ‘somewhere else’. This intolerance thrives on fear of others, because they are different and we do not know them.
This is the intolerance we have devoted ourselves to fight. We want to overcome prejudices and promote tolerance in the sense of the EU motto "Unity in Diversity", as it is defined by the UNESCO declaration:
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.

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