Tolerance is preferable to intolerance. It is a test and result of virtue, in particular the virtues of patience, charity, self-restraint, humility, kindness. To ask for tolerance, or forbearance, is to ask for these things in our selves, and others. It means learning to live with difference in others. It doesn’t mean remaining silent in face of intolerance and wrong. Reluctance to accept difference (SPEH pew sheet, 28th January) is a norm of life and the start of understanding, not its end. Is tolerance the same as toleration? Is showing tolerance the same as tolerating? Tolerare (Latin): to bear, endure.