I believe that this trend will continue because the world is slowly (and I mean very slowly) becoming more and more tolerant due to the vast amount of information available to people.
As much as I'd like to believe this, I've seen no signs of this yet.
Interestingly, if two people discuss differences of view, in the end they tend to both walk away feeling reinforced in their views.
If anything, we see a world wide en mass
conversion to hedonism, losely meaning that pleasure is the overarching goal in life. It might seem an innocent and harmless movement, but it numbs the minds.
That is an interesting way of putting it. Even after this specific post, I can disagree but I can be tolerant of your belief. Being tolerant is actually something I've seen happen on a mass scale, and in my view, it is causing a whole flurry of side effects. Some of these are good and some are bad. I will go over some of the more prevalent ones here.
1) Laziness: Definitely one of the bad side effects of tolerance. People, in general, are having less and less conviction toward completing tasks and goals. Why? I don't think that answer can be definitive. A huge part of me says that people of today are a lot less prone to taking risks due to the fact the reward is not immediate. There is a huge boon on everyone to push them into the mold of society... which in a lot of cases doesn't get people very rich.
2) Diversity: This is one of the good effects. The more people become tolerant, the more freedom people will have with doing what they believe. Freedom induces this push toward happiness. Which, coincidently, has a strong correlation to Hedonism. (Pain and pleasure has a very wide net... sadly, especially if you bring in spiritual, mental, and physical).
I think the point I was trying to make was that us, as a human race, are slowly becoming more aware. This is what is going to cause that shift into being more tolerant. Knowledge is the blade... it'll pierce through ignorance and disbelief easily. Regardless of what we do, the knowledge is out there and it will change our society to be more aware whether we like it or not.
People can disagree, but the chances of someone using force is diminishing... slowly.