Friday November 16 is declared the International Day for Tolerance
Tolerance: sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own.
Tolerate: to put up with
I think the better word in all of this is respect, if you have ever felt tolerated, it is not a very good feeling, you feel second class or lower. I understand the idea behind tolerance, I think it is more of a Utopian thought than a realistic one.
Respect on the other hand is a choice that is up to individuals.
The Golden Rule is not just a catchy phrase, there is an actual wisdom to it.
Today I am afraid that the wisdom of the Golden Rule has been traded for a lower standard- that of tolerance.