October 21

Reflection

Tolerance enables us to understand different perspectives and work to solve mutual problems. It encourages us to keep searching for different strategies to meet the challenges of our times Tolerance is an antidote to the rigidity of certitude, thinking that we know it all. This approach to life broadens our horizons and enables us to deal with new situations. It helps us overcome any timidity or fear of the unknown. It enables us to accept people who are usually outside our sphere of experience and to appreciate their customs and gifts.. “The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see truth in fragments and from different angles of vision.” (Mahatma Gandhi).

Prayer

O God, grant me an open mind and a tolerant heart. Enable me to see from the perspectives of others and to accept my own limitations. Help me to hold my truth with confidence but also to be willing to accept change when other perspectives enrich my understanding.

Action

Listen to others with an open and discerning mind and a tolerant heart.

Suggested Reading

Judge not, that you be not judged.
Matthew 7:2

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
John 8:7

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bear with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

Each well-considered question can lead to a whole universe of wisdom, because one insight leads to another as the answers come.
Evan T. Pritchard

Do not believe in what you have heard; do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations; do not believe anything because it is rumored and spoken of by many; do not believe merely because the written statement of some old sage is produced; do not believe in conjectures; do not believe merely in the authority of your teachers and elders. After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Buddha

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
Dalai Lama

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
Barack Obama

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
John F. Kennedy

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller

The human family is very diverse, with many different beliefs and cultures and ways of life. Many conflicts in our world are caused when people are intolerant of the ways that others see the world. Learning tolerance is an important cornerstone to creating a better world.
Robert Alan Silverstein

Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.
Jane Goodall

What we need to do is learn to respect and embrace our differences until our differences don’t make a difference in how we are treated.
Yolanda King

Everybody is sitting around saying, ‘Well, jeez, we need somebody to solve this problem of bias.’ That somebody is us. We all have to try to figure out a better way to get along.
Wilma Mankiller

O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.
William Penn

How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance — the one value that is indispensable in creating community.
Barbara Jordan

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