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