Episode 200: The Paradox of Tolerance: what happens when you’re TOO tolerant with Ryan O’Connor

Season 15
Season 15
Episode 200: The Paradox of Tolerance: what happens when you're TOO tolerant with Ryan O'Connor
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There’s a big difference between being kind and being nice and the distinction between them seems to be a little bit confused at the moment.

WARNING: THIS EPISODE INCLUDES A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ANTI-VACCINATION AND 'ANTI-COVID' MOVEMENTS.

There’s a big difference between being kind and being nice and the distinction between them seems to be a little bit confused at the moment. In my opinion, of course. At what point does tolerance go too far, where it stops being kind and it starts being nice? Can you be too tolerant? Is there such a thing as being too tolerant? And how do these things apply to society?

Personal freedoms (and the infringement or restriction thereof), free speech and the rights of the individual are all hot topics right now, but is there actually a point where toleration becomes damaging to the fabric of a society?

According to the Paradox of Tolerance, there is. Post WW2 Jewish Philosopher, Karl Popper,  stated that the paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant. *

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About Today’s Guest Ryan O'Connor

Award Winning Actor, Director and Playwrite

Co-founder and executive director of Someone New Theatre Company, the winner of the 2019 Grace Marion Wilson Trust Award for Playwriting, and an acclaimed actor and director throughout NSW and Victoria

Ryan J O’Connor is a Geelong-based writer of original, alternative plays and prose.

He also has a thriving business that creates Dungeons and Dragons maps and characters.

He is also an excellent baker, a trained stage-combatist, a terrible gardener, and a moderately talented poker player.

He does his best writing while trying to avoid his responsibilities, but loves to tell ‘alternative’ stories: romantic comedies about Death, coming-of-age stories about old men, and science-fiction tales about mythological creatures, just to name a few.

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