Tolerance, freedom and finding common ground

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Tolerance is defined as: “The willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.” Can you imagine what our world would look like if we all practiced more tolerance? What kind of peace might we achieve in both our personal lives and our society at large, if we allowed more room for a diversity of opinions and viewpoints? What kind of progress might we> make if we focused on an ideology of ‘live and let live,’ spent less time squabbling and more time looking for common ground?

While vilifying and demonizing the ‘other side’ is sadly nothing new, it makes me sick to see the widening divide happening in our country right now. The nastiness being spewed from both sides is truly shameful. What good does it do us to write off everyone who doesn’t share our opinion as simply being an ignorant fool, unworthy of our consideration or respect? How can we ever get anywhere, so long as we hold that kind of attitude? Have we forgotten the spiritual wisdom in ideas such as, ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ or that ‘an eye for an eye, only makes us blind’? At what point are we going to stop letting history repeat itself, band together as a species and start focusing on finding solutions to our problems that we can all live with?

 

 

 

 

 

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