Tolerance is not an endorsement. It is
merely and acceptance. I do not agree with your views on the
subject. I do not fallow your beliefs. I do accept that it is
your right to have them. So long as they do not harm me I shall
If you pray to a God I do not follow, I
will not pray with you. I will remain silent in respect for your
right to have those beliefs, as I would expect you to do for me.
I will listen to your ideas, I may not like
them, I may not agree with them. I may express my own in an
attempt to influence you.
I will give you a level of respect, as I do
everyone till you prove that your not worthy of it by
compromising my trust or by failing to respect me and mine as I
have respected you and yours. Even if I loose all respect for
you I will not degrade you in private to others with anything I
donít say to your face and will choose silence rather then to
speak of you unless asked.
I may study your beliefs in an attempt to
understand you, but that doesnít mean I will accept them as my
own. I will hope you enjoy the holidays you celebrate, and that
your family is well. I hope that you are happy. I will enjoy the
time we have together involving interests that we do share.
I may choose to simple ignore any
irritating habit you have. Or I may let your know that it is
bothering me. I will not resort to a physical or verbal attack
of you. I may choose not to associate with you in any activity
Iím not required to attend.
No matter how much I dislike you, I like
myself enough not to want to be associated with acts of
intolerance. Through this tolerance we can get along. Peace is a
possibility. Make it your reality and maybe it will spread till
we all get along. I know we wonít love everyone and some
wouldnít want our love anyway. We can learn tolerance. I Hope.