I’ve been feeling very disenchanted with life lately. The world is not a happy place and the lack of tolerance within society is disappointing. I’ve had three examples lately where I was shocked at the lack of tolerance shown to others and their opinions. Sure, we need to have an opinion but we also need to understand that others may not share the same views and accept that.
Writing this post is a reminder to me as well that even though I might have opinions they may or may not be agreed with by others. I know my husband and I disagree on certain issues but that doesn’t mean we don’t respect or love each other. It is a matter of accepting that we are individuals and each have a right to an opinion.
Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
- We’re kinder to each other. Where civility, manners, and polite conduct are the norm.
- We’re accepting of the differences between us. Where differences aren’t viewed as strange or wrong.
- We’re able to disagree without resorting to name-calling, insults, and violence, and where we can work through disagreements to reach compromise solutions beneficial for all.
To me, opinions can be tricky as you will always get those of each extreme (right or left) who just won’t listen to the other side. There is no room for debate, only aggressive reactions. Which brings me to my three instances lately where I was shocked at the lack of intolerance.
Currently, Australia is undertaking a ‘survey’ on marriage equality. The question is:
‘Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?’ – There is only a box to tick ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
Now I’m not giving my opinion here as I don’t engage in political debate publicly. However, this simple question has divided the country. Both extreme sides of the debate are aggressive in their approach and of course will never agree. Respect and tolerance should be shown to each other but alas I can’t see that happening.
You might wonder what Jane Fonda has to do with tolerance and respect? Recently there was a photo of her at the Emmy Awards on the Red Carpet. Now at 79, Jane openly admits to having had ‘work done’ but she has also taken care of her body and health through exercise and a good diet.
The outpouring of scorn and negativity by women shocked me. There was no tolerance shown, only accusations of trying to make women feel inadequate.
Why can’t we just have the opinion that okay if that makes her feel good so be it. Just because others don’t want or need to put a value on their appearance doesn’t mean we have to judge others that do.
We are all individuals and should be able to live our life as we wish as long as it isn’t hurting others. I was shocked that women can be so vindictive and perhaps jealous.
The US Elections
I can’t remember a time when elections caused so much division within a country. The US elections last year, watched from afar in Australia, appeared to be so divisive within the American community. The vitriole on social media and in the press was difficult enough to watch and I wasn’t even in America.
Maybe I’m just living in dreamland and perhaps society has always been this way we just didn’t have as much media highlighting it.
Think about what we are teaching our children or the kind of role model we are for them?
Is it too much to ask for people to show Respect and Tolerance? I’d love to hear your views.
Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.