It is very easy to detect and even amplify intolerance in others. On the other hand, it is less obvious to find it in ourselves. We even tend to believe that we are more tolerant than others. Now the question is: Are we the change that we want to see in the world?
What is tolerance? Tolerance is the ability to accept that the other person may have another point of view than you. And you must give him/her the opportunity to express it.
Tolerance is an intrinsic quality of man, as we are beings living in society, each individual or group has a form of tolerance that depends on different factors, especially family, cultural, ethnic, etc.
But it is not always easy to broaden or even question his vision of the world with others without creating tensions.
Those who possess this essential quality which is tolerance are more often lead to living a peaceful and harmonious life with others in society.
On the other hand, intolerant people are often described as personalities who have rather restricted and limited world views.
In reality, the world is a mixture of everything, it is a constant and permanent mixing of all its components. Even by creating barriers, it is not possible to stop this natural process.
The world is a gigantic subtle blending of all that composes it. If you try to remove a part, there is instantly another one that appears. It is this very fact that makes the beauty of life.
Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
According to Gandhi, the best way to change the world is to see in each of us the changes we want to make.
In other words, changing the world is a process that necessarily involves the development of creative potential in every individual.
If we want to see more tolerance in the world, each individual must be able to express his / her creativity. Gandhi knew this because he grew up in a world divided by intolerance and violence of apartheid.
He made the change within and experienced tolerance by creating his movement of non-violence.
In order for change to take place, he knew that the individual must be at the center of the process and the drive must be initiated from the inside to the outside.
By doing this, he eventually gained independence of his country against the British Empire without a drop of blood being shed.
“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”―Albert Einstein
Those who think we have to create laws to force people to tolerate one’s neighbor will be disappointed.
The practice of tolerance is a quality intrinsic to man and it is an individual but not collective process.
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