Tolerance vs. Acceptance…
In light of what’s been happening lately with the Sikh temple murders and Chick-Fil-A controversy, I’ve been hearing the word “tolerance” thrown around a lot. At first, I wholeheartedly agreed that there’s not enough of it in this world, but is that all we should strive for? We should challenge ourselves to move beyond “tolerance” and learn how to actually accept that people are (and can/should be) different?
Maybe it’s just the way that I define “tolerance”, but when I hear that word I think of something along the lines of, “Sure…they have different __________ than me. I guess I can tolerate it, but they’re still completely wrong.”
Think about it, we all have a certain tolerance for things — slow drivers on the freeway, people who chew with their mouths open, crappy music on the radio — but rooted within that is still a sense of frustration. It’s something we learn to live with, but never actually embrace.
I’m all about Peace & Love, but I’m also grounded in reality and not this falsely created Utopian mindset where we’re all holding hands and swaying together singing Kumbaya. There’s a lot of craziness in this world and there will always be different points of view. Tolerance is a decent start, but shouldn’t we hold a higher standard for ourselves and work towards Acceptance instead?