We live in a world with literally billions of people – people of countless different cultures, religions, beliefs, values, and experiences. In my opinion, this diversity is something to celebrate. Every time we interact with someone from a different background, we have the opportunity to stretch, grow, and expand our own personal experiences.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with me. Some people have trouble embracing or respecting the beliefs and opinions of others. With the recent election, the U.S. in particular has recently been made painfully aware of this fact. In recognition of the uproar our country is currently in, it seems only too appropriate to discuss an international observance coming up on November 16th: the International Day of Tolerance.
International Day of Tolerance
The United Nations established the International Day of Tolerance on November 16th, 1945. It is a day designed to encourage and educate people in the art of respecting and honoring other individuals. The U.N. stresses that “tolerance” does not refer to indulging someone or being indifferent to them; it is simply respecting and appreciating others and the differences you share.
Five Components Of Spreading Tolerance
We live on a phenomenally diverse planet. Showing tolerance to others is the only way to spread peace and compassion throughout the world. The United Nations outlines five specific elements required in order to disseminate tolerance. Here are their primary tools required to fight intolerance:
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