When you go into a garden and see different kinds of flowers in full bloom, you marvel at nature and enjoy the beauty of each flower, its unique shape, colour and perfume. But when you walk into a room full of people, each holding a view different from yours, you find it difficult to accept.
To be able to accept the possibility that other perceptions may also be true or plausible is the basis for tolerance.
Are you able to accept that the perceptions and beliefs of others may be right or does your ego get in the way? Does wanting to be right in your own perception cause intolerance of others?
Answer by Anonymous at 2:14 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
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Answer by older at 10:22 AM on Oct. 25, 2009
It does. My biggest issue with tolerance is learning to tolerate those that are themselves intolerant. My mother for example is one of the most intolerant people I know. She hates anyone that doesn't fit in to her mold. If you have different views in any way, shape or form than her you are WRONG and she is RIGHT... Or at least in her view of things. Gays, non-Christians, Christians who are not in HER church, politicians, pro-choice people, pro-immigration people... the list goes on. Just talking about it is turning my stomach... Am I intolerant of her views? Oh yes!! Is it because of ego issues or a need to be right? No! It's because hate is a horrid thing. It affects her life as well as the lives of those around her and the lives of those she is so hateful towards. As someone that believes the EVERY HUMAN EVERYWHERE deserves the same rights and treatment - her hate makes me sick. We didn't talk for years...
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:48 AM on Oct. 25, 2009
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:52 AM on Oct. 25, 2009
I look at it this way. Hitler was a horridly intolerant and hateful man. His views were MUCH different than mine. And I never would have tolerated him, why should that be different for anyone else that thinks like him? Just because someone may not have the power that Hitler did doesn't make their hate any more tolerable to me. In fact IMO it's worse. I can almost understand how someone can let their power go to their head and how someone in his position can be that hateful and do the things he did. But when you are just one in the crowd and you hate everyone around you - you just hate yourself. And no, that's not something I can be okay with. Because for some reason close minds and mouths don't seem to work together. People like my mother want everyone to believe like she does - so she tells everyone. She isn't just hurting herself, but others, and I can NOT tolerate that and still feel like I'm a good person.
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:55 AM on Oct. 25, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 1:56 PM on Oct. 25, 2009