“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” Franklin D Roosevelt
What is tolerance – Why is it so hard for us to engage each other in a peaceful and meaningful way?
Is your own opinion so important that you are willing to kill, but in most cases, not die for it?
In a world full of violence and strife, how can we move forward with peace, love and understanding, and still get what we want – how can we be more tolerant?
Understand who you are
The first step to cultivating tolerance is to truly understand who you are. Get inside your own psyche and understand the what, where and how of our decision making process.
In most cases, the decisions we make are based on information and experiences that we have already experienced and assimilated. we have a default attitude that if things have worked for us in the past, we should do them again in the same way.
This is fine and works well for us in extreme and or survival situations, but this default process is completely inappropriate when we become a functioning member of society. The paradoxical nature of a society (a collective to enhance security) diminishes our need for a survival response, yet instinctively we gravitate towards our old patterns when under pressure.
The Majority is not always right
The greatest misconception prevalent in societies today is the concept that the majority is right. This notion removes personal conception and accountability, and is the reason so many heinous crimes have been, and are still being committed against societies that differ from that of the specific perpetrators. Fitting in blindly with the majority is not tolerance. Understanding the majority and taking your own course of action without unnecessary conflict is tolerance!
Have courage to do what is right
It takes great courage to take a stand against what is wrong, and against the majority, yet there are many many people who do just that every day. If they can do it, so can you!
This week, ask yourself;
Is this action really what I want to do?
Why does “the other” frustrate me?
How do I feel in relation to others and why?
How would I like to act?
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Craig Cox is a stress management consultant. He is the owner of Woad Stress management CC and lectures to corporate clients and individuals. Craig is passionate about helping people in business and enhancing their personal lives.
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