I have to say these really did amuse me, it is always about that level of tolerance isn't it ;)
It made me think of the phrase "They don't tolerate fools gladly" - really I make the whole American Idea of zero tolerance seem mild.
I think my attitude towards "fools" was heavily influenced by the following verse. I had to write it out in primary school to practice handwriting; it and several others are firmly wedged in my mind. It was written by a Persian,
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not is a child teach him;
He who knows, and knows not that he knows is asleep wake him;
He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not is a fool shun him,
and he who knows and knows that he knows is wise follow him.
Being shunned just didn't sound cool or awesome, or hot when you were 7.