TOLERANCE


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Today, from the Log of Contemplation, I want to share my thoughts on Tolerance.

One definition that I read recently states that tolerance is: 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.

Freedom from bigotry? I don’t entirely agree with that.

None of us entered this world to be tolerated and those who claim to be tolerant of our opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, gender, gender identity or sexuality which differ from their own are far from being free from bigotry.

They may not even see themselves as being bigoted but when anyone feels that they are in a position to “accept” and “tolerate” others, they are still most definitely of the belief that their opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, gender, gender identity or sexuality hold some superior position.

Let’s call a spade a spade and a supremacist a supremacist.

You may be kinder to my face, you may behave in a fair and respectful way towards others who are different to yourself but if that’s because you tolerate their presence in the world, then you still have some work to do on how you define yourself and your relationships with others.

Toleration isn’t always a two way street and, just to be clear, my having the same rights as everyone else is not an infringement upon your religious freedom.

I don’t and no-one should tolerate hate.

See this as a blog: TOLERANCE VLOG

 

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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