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Acceptance vs. Tolerance

  1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
    Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago

    As we move forward as a society we have often used the word tolerance in respect to what we need to accept about other people. If we just tolerate something or someone we are doing the bare minimum to learn to get along as a world society. So what is it we need to do to move forward? We accept people with special needs but we will only tolerate those with different ideas and different life styles. That seems a little warped to me, what do you think?

    1. Paradice profile image79
      Paradiceposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Shawn, I definitely see your point of view. Tolerate- sounds like a word used to "just deal" with something. I think that when it comes to people with special needs or people who share different ideas or lifestyles the key is to embrace and accept. If we as a society, focus more on learning from others' differences and embracing that I think we as a whole could move forward.

      1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
        Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I agree that is what we do we "just deal" with it. We do need to accept and embrace so we can move forward.

    2. A Troubled Man profile image59
      A Troubled Manposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Religions are intolerant. By removing the intolerance of religions, we can begin to move forward.

  2. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    Excellent observation. Personally I get bored with people just like me. I get enough of that by myself.
    So long as difference does not impact me negatively, vive la différence.

    1. madmachio profile image59
      madmachioposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I think people have used the word Tolerance to replace Charity.

      1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
        Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        How so? Can you give me more details on your thought?

        1. madmachio profile image59
          madmachioposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          To me, to tolerate means to overlook what you don't like about a person in order to deal with them in your surroundings. Therfore, not accepting them realy. Now if you treat someone with charity, this means your loving the person thefore accepting them as a being. This doesn't mean your in agreement with their views but at least you can respect that they have them

          1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
            Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Okay, I understand. Thank you!!!

  3. Shawn May Scott profile image61
    Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago

    Absolutly, being different makes this world an excitng place to live and we would be very boring if we were all the same!!!

    1. A Troubled Man profile image59
      A Troubled Manposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Why would it be boring? Are we not all the same? What is significantly different about one human from the next that would make life not boring?

      1. Paradice profile image79
        Paradiceposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Imagine every food, every plant, every animal the same.It would be very BORING.  Life is exciting when we can experience new things, indulge in our differences and embrace it.   Yes we are all the same-humans, but we are also so different within our cultures and beliefs.

        1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
          Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Nicly said Paradice. I believe The Troubled Man has misunderstood us.

  4. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    Fascists like everything the same, usually some kind of super-size.

    1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
      Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Agreed!!!

  5. Disappearinghead profile image89
    Disappearingheadposted 5 years ago

    No.
    We accept people with special needs because these 'impairments / disabilities' are usually through no fault of their own and they need our assistance.

    But I see no reason why we should accept ideas we don't agree with. Ideas are subject to change, and those that have other ideas are not necessarily in need of our assistance. Whilst everyone is entitled to their own ideas, we cannot just accept them out of some sense of duty to political correctness. Thus tolerance of ideas is acceptable.

    1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
      Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      We are not talking about accepting ideas, we are talking about accepting people with different ideas and opinons even thought we may disagreed with what the person has to say or belives. We are not offering assisstance as we are not trying to change anyone we are simply accepting the differences the make us all unique as individuals and cultures etc.

      1. Disappearinghead profile image89
        Disappearingheadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Okey dokey. We should accept people based on who they are, their character, and personal integrity, etc. In that sense, their ideas are not so much of an issue. However, if someone has very much opposing ideas to our own, then accepting them my be simply impossible.

        I guess what you are getting at is bigotry. I've met religious bigots and atheist bigots, the shade varies.

        1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
          Shawn May Scottposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          We could carve it down to bigots and yes the shades vary wildly. And yes some of us would have difficulty in accepting some with such opposing ideas, but that is just the point we are no where near accepting peoples on every level as a society, we are only just tolerant. We need to do alot more maturing as a whole before we can move beyond this stage of humanity. But I would still like to see acceptance instead of tolerance.

  6. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    My rule is I accept all bodies as my own, but not necessarily other's identities, wherein as long as they leave me alone I leave them alone.

  7. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    Bigotry is too profitable as deserving less.

 
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