Tolerance: the foundation of a healthy society…by Chuck Duboff

 

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© Chuck Duboff

Tolerance is defined  as:  a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry. … a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one’s own.

Some thoughts and questions to ponder:

A society which encourages tolerance of those who differ in their beliefs, opinions, religious teachings and cultural behaviours…is a society which will function peacefully,  respectfully and in harmony.

A lack of tolerance for others…resisting change, fighting back against new cultural norms, denigrating the religious beliefs of others…leads to a society filled with chaos, tension and disunity.

Ask yourself: are you able to tolerate new cultures within your community?

Do you value, respect and listen to the opinions of others?

Are you set in your ways and not able to have an open mind to change, to accept that society is always evolving?

We often imagine that things were greater in the past…ask yourself honestly, were things really great “back then” or have you sugar coated the past?

Tolerance…without it, societies fall apart; there is lack of mutual respect, people live in fear and anger towards others is the overriding emotion…which fuels a society on the brink of anarchy.

Christopher Hitchens:

I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.

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