Celebrate the Day...The International Day for Tolerance is November 16
“Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.” UNESCO’s 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
If ever there was a time to celebrate and acknowledge the International Day for Tolerance it is now.
As I see it, being tolerant isn’t solely about race or ethnicity, whether from the north or south, which political party you belong to, rock and roll or country, or whether you are vegan or eat meat.
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. Joseph Fort Newton
It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we learn to accept each other as individuals. We don’t have to want to do what they do or share their beliefs. However, we must learn not to judge or try to force our ways and thoughts on others.
If I had to put money behind how we can encourage tolerance it would be through education. It’s not enough to pretend the differences aren’t there. We all ARE different.
The highest result of education is tolerance. Helen Keller
Variety in thought, beliefs, and preferences makes this a richer world.
When we take the time to learn about, for example, someone else’s religion or culture, we may find that at the heart of their beliefs are ones similar to ours.
It’s also important to drop the name-calling. It is like placing “key tags” on people. Do it enough and what happens is that they, in our minds, become that tag we’ve bestowed upon them.
Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail. Brandon Sanderson