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TOLERANCE
In my world, Christmas is a time for communication, for acceptance, for understanding, for reconciliation; a time for saying those things that need to be said, for not holding back when one wishes to express one’s affection. It’s a time for apologies, and for accepting those apologies; for acknowledging that we all make mistakes, and that those mistakes are rarely ill-intentioned.
TOLERANCE
Enough people got so tired of living in a country that treated them like prisoners, and the system became so unworkable, that they began to protest.
TOLERANCE
We would have dinner and spend the rest of the night talking till the wee hours about religion—he from his perspective and me from mine as a Scientologist—starting with comparisons of morals and over a few evenings getting deeply into our spiritual nature.
TOLERANCE
Imagine yourself at your local DMV office renewing your driver’s license. You’ve spent several hours filling out forms, standing in various lines, demonstrating your knowledge of the rules of the road and having your vision tested.
TOLERANCE
When we care for and nurture others, when we know that life is about what we DO not what we own, and when we can care more about others than about ourselves, only then are we truly happy, and truly thankful.
TOLERANCE
So you were right all along. All that “no man is an island” stuff is true, after all. You bother me or yell at me or snub me, and the world changes for the worse. I do something bad to you and we ALL get irked on some level.
TOLERANCE
The world can be very cruel. Certainly if you sit back and let mass media and pop culture swamp you, it can seem that way. But look closer. Good people are doing good things all around us.
TOLERANCE
We must all be vigilant for the fabricated, evil and false accusations that can hurt both individuals and communities.
TOLERANCE
In truth, you have FAR more reason to be terrified of death by carpool. The odds are way higher that you’ll be a carpool fatality than a terrorist one.
TOLERANCE
But rather than focusing on what we don’t like about others, we should look for ways to accept—even admire—our differences.