The UN’s International Day for Tolerance is observed globally today (16th November), mainly to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance
Society is formed by groups of individuals who possess different characteristics and personalities that make them human. With our unique characteristics and personalities we build the society.
The world is a much smaller place today. Globalisation has blurred borders throughout the world. More people from different nations, cultures, religions and lifestyles are working together and living in the same neighborhoods than ever before. It is imperative that people show cultural tolerance where there is a diverse array of people of different cultural backgrounds. One must respect the culture of another irrespective of class, colour or creed.
Tolerance is not an end but a means; it is the mini- mal essential quality of social relations that eschew violence and coercion. Without tolerance, peace is not possible. With tolerance, a panoply of positive human and social possibilities can be pur- sued, including the evolution of a culture of peace.
Here are 3 simple steps you can practice daily to be more tolerant: :
Reading about different cultures, customs or nationalities is one of the best ways to help break down your intolerances that you may not know you have, as well as help increase your awareness of other intolerances throughout the world.
In order to celebrate tolerance, you may often times need to first make yourself aware of intolerance.
Now that you’re equipped with the above tips, you should begin practicing tolerance making your life and the world around you, a better and peaceful place.