Addie on Tolerance

Reposted with permission: 

Image is a capture from my friend Addie Kolm’s Facebook status update. Text reads: So I saw a post last night in my over tired state. It said a bunch of stuff about tolerance and how we need to teach it to our children. And I laid on the couch for what seemed like forever thinking about it. Why would we teach our children to merely tolerate another person? To tolerate another is a nice way of saying I still can’t stand you but will not speak of it or show it cause it’s not socially accepted. Wouldn’t it be better to teach our children acceptance? To teach our children that it’s ok that we are all not the same but that we are equals? No matter the race, religion, faith, lack there of we in the end are all the children of this earth. There is always someone you won’t agree with but in the end most of the time it will not effect you. So accept that they live life different than you and move on.

Addie on Tolerance
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6 thoughts on “Addie on Tolerance

  1. 1

    May I use this picture/post on my own blog to talk about this?

    Tolerance is a concept I have no respect for. It is an idea that I believe should be wiped from the societal mind. Tolerance is still bigotry. As your friends says so well, it is acceptance we should be teaching; not “tolerance”.

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      Absolutely. Addie gives the thumbs up to share away. And please treat all of my material as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (remix, tweak, and build upon my work non-commercially, as long as you credit me and license new creations under the identical terms). I used to have a license in my sidebar…hmmm…I’ll have to get that up again.

  2. Rod

    Seems to me that tolerance is but one step on a continuum.

    Something like this:

    Revulsion….. indifference….. tolerance….. acceptance…… embracing.

    With some things we move along this path, with others we stick in one spot, or at best, it is a very slow process.
    Some will never move, and with others, we may see no need or value in moving.
    EG…. with food we probably move fairly quickly, with some cultural practices we may never budge.
    We are all human, after all.

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