I am sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve about had it with the intolerance that is running rampant in our wonderful country right now. Finger pointing, threats, shaming, name calling – it’s all happening. And it’s really sad. Not just for those that are being pointed at, shamed and called names I cannot repeat in polite society – but it’s really sad for children. They are watching as adults act like spoiled children that have never been disciplined.
And they are learning. What are they learning? That if someone disagrees with you they must be racist or misogynist, or general hater. They are learning that free speech is only allowed if you are agreeing with everything others around you believe. Or that all you have to do if you don’t want to hear someone speak at your school or club meeting is to claim you feel threatened.
To me tolerance means that even though I don’t agree with you I can agree to disagree. And we can still be friends. We can still hold a civil conversation and we can work or live side-by-side. THAT is what tolerance is. Being tolerant of those opinions with which you disagree with grace and patience should be the norm, not the exception. We will all find ourselves on the “wrong” side of the agreement game from time to time so it’s best to remember that and to remind ourselves to behave and that we are being watched.