Tolerance (vs. Prejudice )
Demonstrating respect for others who do not share my perspective
To practice Tolerance I will:
- expect the same of myself as others
- see things from the perspective of others
- listen before forming an opinion
- learn to value differences
- help myself and others grow
Dr. Seuss’ story of the Sneetches points out how silly it is to exclude people who are different. We all have strengths and weaknesses that differ from the strengths and weaknesses of those around us. Tolerance is looking past another’s weakness in order to appreciate the strengths. In business, some leaders prefer to surround themselves with ‘Yes, men’, individuals who see things as they do and are not likely to disagree. A stronger leader will choose to have different thinkers in their inner circle in order to broaden their vision and possibilities. In today’s global economy it is more important than ever that business and individuals are accepting of the differences in culture, faith and politics.
This month, be aware of differences with those around you and appreciate the diversity they bring to your life.
“Tolerance consists of seeing certain things with your heart instead of your eyes.”
– Orlando A. Battista
“We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.”
– Margaret Chase Smith