Moi has been thinking quite a bit about tolerance and what that means. The Free Dictionary defines tolerance:
1. The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.
a. Leeway for variation from a standard.
b. The permissible deviation from a specified value of a structural dimension, often expressed as a percent.
Most folk are tolerant of those who believe exactly as they do or who look and act like them. The hard part of tolerance is extending those same courtesies to those who are different. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar; is the aspirational goal of tolerance.
“Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.”
“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”
“Love thy enemies, it says in the scriptures. My foster mother always added, “At the very least, you will be polite to them.”
Patricia Briggs, Moon Called
“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair…the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”
Dorothy L. Sayers
“Never judge someone
By the way he looks
Or a book by the way it’s covered;
For inside those tattered pages,
There’s a lot to be discovered”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.”
“In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.”
Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light