“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” ~ Dr Martin Luther King Jr
“When you practice tolerance, you accept another’s ideas and beliefs. If you respect someone’s opinions – even if you disagree or find them nonsensical – you display tolerance.”(vocabulary.com)
There are two words in those definitions that sticks out. Respect and Accept(tance). When we tolerate another person we don’t like or we disagree with, we need to respect them. We are not necessarily agreeing with them. We simply respect and accept that they are entitled to their own opinions, thoughts, and feelings just as our opinions, thoughts and feelings are accepted and respected.
Tolerance is one of many Spiritual Principles that we should live by. There is also honesty, open-mindedness, acceptance, unconditional love, patience, faith, hope, surrender, love, humility, and caring are just to name a few. For some reason, the way things are today, we do not seem to be tolerating, let alone respecting each other.
When we are in a spirited debate, 2 or more people discuss, even argue their position on a subject. Often some sort of proof is sited for or against the particular subject. Normally, each person respectfully listens to the other, not shouting down or endlessly debating on the issue(aka filibustering) like we see today. How can we hear what we’re saying to each other when we shout each other down? When we do this we are not only intolerant and disrespectful but we are also taking away that person’s Freedom of Speech.
Thought for the day: When we agree to disagree, we agree that we disagree with each other’s viewpoints and we respect and accept their position on the subject.
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