It confuses me when seemingly knowledgable/spiritual people become intolerant of others viewpoints. In these instances, they often appear quite pretentious. Just human emotions, a bad day etc, you may say? Everyone is a contradiction on occassion but a find it difficult to understand. I have to remind myself at times to remain humble.
If I think I am going on and on in a “holier than thou” fashion, I try and stop myself. I am probably just passionate about whatever I am discussing but it is important to keep yourself in check, that you are not becoming preachy or raming your beliefs down other people’s throats. I don’t think I have ever been cruel to strangers / acquaintances, just because their opinions differ from my own. I don’t think there is any excuse for it.
An eccentric friend from university once said to another one of my friends, “You are just a line on the wall whereas I am highly enlightened / evolved.” (or words to that effect) Well, I can’t remember it exactly but he implied he would transend the earth whereas my other friend was basically nothing. This shocked me, how can you be enlightened if you treat others like s***? It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are or how many quotes or theories you know. If someone apologises after an outburst or explains what is happening in their life, that is forgivable and understandable. Only human.
I’ve also seen this type of intolerant behaviour in christian fundamentalists, proclaiming they are God’s gift whereas the rest of us are damned to hell. Even the most controversial members of society ie: porn stars and prostitutes often treat others with more empathy, respect and kindness. Again, it is not completely ironic/ludicrous to kill in the name of your God? The autrocious behaviour that is justified in the name of religion is beyond belief. Regardless of how spiritually-minded you are, first and foremost, you must remember to be careful how you treat other human beings.