"That so many clever folk can be so vociferously open-minded and tolerant of all things and all thoughts - "
This is a good point on tolerance/intolerance. I see that our human intolerance of whatever point(s) or issues there are in our world has us as humans intolerant to the point of killing or physically hurting others.
Even Jesus Christ was intolerant of the money-changers in the temple. Obviously He kicked them out and did not kill them, we are not told to what extent He whipped people physically.
He was also intolerant to an extent of the Pharisees and scribes of the day, but again He did not kill them.
I also ask myself the question 'Do I also not have to be intolerant of certain people in this world?' That would be people like rapists, pimps, drug peddlers and child-molesters, who hurt others for their own profit or 'amusement'.
I cannot reason with a drunk, abusive man who is hurting his wife, but I cannot tolerate his behavior towards her either.
I cannot tolerate a peddler who gives a child a narcotic which will end up destroying the child's life, but the peddler is so blinded by his greed for money, or his own selfishness that he will not listen to me, so how do I stop him?
I cannot tolerate a police officer who accepts bribes, but his own wage is so small that he has been deceived into thinking that the bribe will help him with his family.
This world certainly has been cursed, no mistake.