Friday, January 20, 2017

Tolerance - Now More Than Ever

Excerpts from a talk by Manubhai Patel ~

"Good afternoon everyone. Are you all getting ready for the big change next week? (a new president)

A few days ago, the baijis and I were talking about the new challenges I have in my own life, and the subject came up, how do I do what I have to face?

The answer was: tolerance.

I have learned tolerance from a very young age. Perhaps it's a part of my nature, of being shy and avoiding confrontation. But it has paid dividends.

Tolerance - a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic, origins, etc. differ from one's own; capacity to endure pain or hardship; test of endurance, fortitude and stamina. This includes hardship and pain that comes from mother nature and events not in our control. 

There was a family who endured the Katrina disaster that is still in my memory. They asked the lady of the house, 'How do you feel? How do you cope with all of this?'

She said, 'We lost everything. But we did salvage a few things: our parents, our children. Some important documents and family photographs.' So you can see the value they placed on these things, as opposed to mourning what they had lost.

She also said they have an enormous peace and gratitude for the things that have come to them. This showed a great tolerance for hardship. This brought them strength, not weakness. They could have been angry, resentful, blaming everything on outside forces and suffering more. That was touching to me.

The practice of tolerance for the next four years will be important in the wake of the most contentious election campaign in modern history.

With seemingly every news article signalling a change from the status quo, tolerance will be coming up all the time. 

Helen Keller said: "The highest result of education is tolerance."

Timothy Keller said: "Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to tread people who disagree with you."

Gandhi was an excellent example of one who practiced tolerance when confronted with evil and injustice."

He said:


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