Saying It Again|Thought-Provoking Tuesday- Tolerance, Understanding, Humanity

I have never reblogged one of my own posts within a week of publishing it but last Tuesday’s thought-provoking post is just too hard to refrain from sharing again. I’m not going to go into too much detail because I’m touching on last week’s events in tomorrow’s post. Last week I left the question open ended about what tolerance meant to you. This week I’m sharing my personal definition of tolerance.

Tolerance is not: judging other people’s lifestyle choices or decisions, imposing your views upon others and expecting them to live by them, cutting people off because their choices differ from yours, thinking you are superior or entitled because of the choices you’ve made, peacefully coexisting only with those that have views that mirror your own, nor disrespecting people because they live their life differently than you.

Tolerance is: respecting that everyone has free will to make decisions in their lives, accepting the difference and coexisting in harmony whether you’d make that same choice or not, refraining from making judgements about how others choose to live their life and accepting people for who they are without trying to change them.

If we want to restore our values and make the world a better place, we need to make a collective effort to be more accepting of one another.

via Thought-Provoking Tuesday- Tolerance, Understanding, Humanity — The Richness of a Simple Life

15 thoughts on “Saying It Again|Thought-Provoking Tuesday- Tolerance, Understanding, Humanity

      1. Its difficult, I think most of us could think of a section of society we don’t relate well to. It takes effort to free the mind to let people live how they want whether they affect us or not. Thats where kindness is demonstrated, when you give it even though you mind thinks otherwise.
        What do you think?

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      2. I think if we sought to listen to understand that we would have a lot more in common than we think. Whenever I meet someone new I try to find common ground. Whether I like them or not, we click or not, at the end of the day all that matters is that there’s respect. We don’t need to approve of everyone but we do need to respect their choices and value life. If everyone were to respect and value life and leave judgement aside, there would be no place for war or violence. Maybe it’s oversimplified, maybe it’s fictitious, I don’t know. I just can’t help but think that if people were to put their differences aside, they’d see we all have a lot more in common than we acknowledge.

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      3. I’m not without fault. Growing up there was a group in society that I had a dislike for and when I began to analyze that I didn’t really know why. I didn’t personally know anyone from that group nor had they done anything to me. After a lot of self-exploration I realized I was letting outside factors influence my judgement and decided I would keep an open mind. I have never found a reason to feel or think the way I did about that group before. I decided not only would I not let someone else make my mind up for me but I wouldn’t let an individual or small group represent an entire group of people because that’s unfair and inaccurate. Sorry this is one thing that really gets my blood boiling.

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    1. My Tuesday quotes are either uplifting or trying to bring awareness to things in the last confrontational way I could think of, using the words of various others to present the same message.

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