Jan 072014
 

A woman wrote a book which she is entitled to do. She shared her opinions and thoughts and what works for her. She is promoting that book. Yes?

Okay… so is that any different than someone with a different set of beliefs or a different lifestyle than hers writing a book sharing their opinions and thoughts and what works for them? I know we all have very strong feelings about many topics.

Everyone single one of us.

But isn’t part of being a good ________(belief of choice) tolerance and kindness and compassion for everyone regardless of our differences?

Isn’t tolerance and kindness and compassion what makes all of us good and decent human beings?

It doesn’t matter what lifestyle or religion a person chooses…

I don’t care who has sex with men or women. I don’t care who loves white or black or brown. I am tolerant of all views, lifestyles, and belief systems.

The idea is to love UNCONDITIONALLY … love everyone, understanding that we may from time to time be exposed to rhetoric about views that are different from our own.

Personally, I’m sick of all of it. I’m sick of soap box rants and television stories, commercials and advertisements… sick of news articles and all other forms of shoving propaganda down my throat for the rights of every single person who lives a lifestyle that is a variant of the majority.

And I know that doesn’t sound fair. It just seems like the people who are promoting this or that issue are doing so out of a need to feel special. They haven’t yet figured out that they are already special. They are living breathing uniquely individual people and are special in every way. I don’t need to see a parade or fundraiser or different colored ribbons to know that about any person.

There are so many more important things we as a society need to focus on.

TOLERANCE should be right up there on top of to-do list.

But what I see are radicals on both sides of every fence bashing one another, slinging around horrible wishes of evil on the opposing side, and always believing with die-hard conviction that their viewpoint is the ONLY right one. In reality, the viewpoint that is right is the one that makes each individual person a better person.

Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

  5 Responses to “Tolerance”

  1. But what I see are radicals on both sides of every fence bashing one another, slinging around horrible wishes of evil on the opposing side, and always believing with die-hard conviction that their viewpoint is the ONLY right one. In reality, the viewpoint that is right is the one that makes each individual person a better person.

    Sherri, does this apply to me? I am not in the business of hurting people. I think I got blocked on your facebook for a view you may have found profane. I was trying, and I do say trying, to see it from a different side and wondering why people refuse to forgive. I wonder if forgiveness with politics is even possible. I attempted to widen the view and explain my shock at how people viewed things in the Vietnam era and how people see that era now. I noted that the script had been flipped. I never said this or that person was wrong. I just wondered if there was a poster child for radical unwillingness to move forward. Is is possible for people to honor your soldiers as well as to forgive those who harmed them decades ago? If we hold on so tightly to love of country then we forget the individuals in it. We forget their individual stories, why they did what they did. We see them as patriots or not. Neither has a face, no personal stories, no past, present or future. They’re just lumped together which makes it very easy to label them and refuse to forgive and move forward. Sherri, I was expressing an opinion and if I offended you I hoped you would say so in order that I might clear up what was hurtful to you. Instead I got blocked on FB with no communication at all. That makes me sad especially after reading this entry about tolerance of view points.

    • Faith, this does not apply to you. This has not been in any way the feelings I have for or about you. In fact, I see you as a very tolerant person. You share your opinions and ideas but are tolerant of others. This post was written after I witnessed an event that ended badly… and it only ended badly because one group was adamant that their position was the right one and the other was completely wrong. My point in this post is that opinions, thoughts, beliefs, and etc.are not right or wrong. Instead, they are individual positions on a topic. Each person has their own position about everything and that position is based on their unique life experiences (for the most part).

      What I don’t like is people who are fighting for tolerance of their position who display complete intolerance for others who have a different position on the topic.

      You have not offended me.

  2. Amen, sister! The thing I hate is the underlying attitude (that completely bleeds through) that says, “Anyone who disagrees with me is stupid.” Ugh.

  3. Great post. The world would be a far better place if everyone practiced toletance.

  4. Sherri, thank you for saying what I have been thinking. I love your post!
    Rhonda

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