Desmond Tutu stated: "Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another."
Sometimes we get caught up in this belief or that philosophy without
realizing that we need all viewpoints and ideas. One of my grad
professors told our class once upon a time that the collective mind is
always better than one mind, one idea.
I believe that.
necessarily come easy for me to accept or believe, but I've grown in
that knowledge, fostered by teachers, by mentors, and by folks who roll
into my life. I think one of the best gifts or "learnings" we can give
to our kids, maybe to each other, is the belief that there is always
difference of opinion, difference of belief and difference between
That difference and the acceptance of difference is
sometimes a hard lesson to learn. But I think kids will learn
acceptance and tolerance if we preach it and model it ourselves. It
will cause change and you and I both know change isn't necessarily
It is difficult because change challenges our patterns of belief
and behavior, and sometimes when our pattern of belief and behavior is
challenged, we take that as an attack on ourselves. It doesn't have to
be viewed or perceived that way though, which I know is easier said than
But as Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon we
can use to change the world." Part of that education is reflecting on
who we are, what we believe, how we react and why we react. It's all
So, let's endeavor to teach ourselves, each other and our kids.
Tolerance is learned behavior. We can teach it. I think in the long
run, our world will be better off. Don't you? Something to think about . . .
Live Your Life, and Make A Difference!