Society seemed different when I was a little girl. We were expected to be tolerant of others, it was etched in our minds.
Even if we didn’t agree with our parents or other family members, we were tolerant of their views, their opinions and their guidance. It’s the way it was back then. Unfortunately, those times have long gone.
When I was growing up in the 60’s, society wasn’t as diverse as it is now. Today, children have more to tolerate outside of their own families; perhaps that’s why they are less tolerant in their own. Diverse opinions tend to have an impact on children, who may feel more obliged to express their own opinions.
Negative experiences are perhaps another reason why people are less tolerant of each other that when we begin to draw on positive experiences, our perceptions of each other and our cultures will change.
Tolerance is an attitude. It’s a respect that comes because of our differences and should be applied to society where physical differences, gender and sexuality apply. Tolerance should also be applied when we are referring or talking to people who come from religious or ethnic backgrounds.
With tolerance, we will have respect. We will also begin to learn about other people’s values and the differences that can separate people and cultures. Tolerance allows us to create new bonds between people that weren’t there before. When we’re tolerant we accept people for who they are.
I’m not sure how much we’re taught about tolerance. It seems we’re all becoming less tolerant of each other as the days go by. As we continue to hit on hard times, we’re all becoming less tolerant of each other.