“When was the last time you had a different perspective than one of your friends? When was the last time you learned something about someone else’s culture?”
On November 16th, we celebrated International Day Of Tolerance. Just like World Kindness Day, this is a special day we celebrate yearly to raise awareness for something I wish the world spoke about more often.
If you have never heard of International Day Of Tolerance, here is some helpful information…Including how you can help me celebrate tolerance not just every year on November 16th but every DAY.
Valuing tolerance means appreciating and respecting someone else’s opinion, culture or behavior even when it differs from your own. Tolerance is a universal human right, yet we still don’t see enough of it in today’s society.
It brings the world together as one to celebrate open-mindedness and listening, and being proactive in seeking education about other cultures and perspectives. It also reminds us that we need to constantly work hard to abolish intolerance ~ for good.
According to National Today “It (International Day For Tolerance) was started by the UN General Assembly, with the goal of getting educational institutions and the general public to see tolerance as a staple of society. And it came after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995.”
International day for tolerance is an important reminder to respect the cultures, beliefs and traditions of others and understand the risks posed by intolerance. These unacceptable world-wide intolerances include:
Listening to someone else’s perspective is a simple but powerful action that can help you gain a stronger understanding of the world, and all of the different cultures in it.
If you have intolerances that you aren’t aware of, reading about different cultures will help break them down. Educating yourself on tolerance means gaining a greater awareness and understanding of global intolerances and how to help reduce its damaging effects.
Participate in events of remembrance and advocacy, such as a candlelight vigil for victims of intolerance or a lecture by an inspiring tolerance activist.
Getting involved in this powerful cause doesn’t have to cost you too much time or money, and it will only help you grow. If you would like to learn more about International Day Of Tolerance this is a fantastic resource.
Even though International Day Of Tolerance has passed, don’t wait until next year to start adopting an open and accepting perspective.
Which tip will you try first? Let me know in the comments below, or start the conversation over in the Griefhab Facebook Group.