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TOLERANCE
I was moved by a recent articulate, thoughtful article about how to prepare your children for the evil that exists in the world. As a parent myself I’ve been blessed to experience the kind of unconditional love that one feels for one’s child.
TOLERANCE
A group of almost 600 people, mostly African-Americans, gather on a road leading east out of a small southern town. They begin to walk. Their destination is the state capital, 54 miles away. They have only come six blocks when they arrive at the bridge that marks the edge of town.
TOLERANCE
When I was a child in France, the word “culte” just meant “worship.” Still does. In fact, when intolerant types there want to disapprove of some faith, they have to call it a “secte.” Of course, in the USA a cult can be anything from “the cult of skinny jeans” to some dark, authoritarian thing.
TOLERANCE
Just as the only thing we need to fear is Fear itself, so the only thing truly worth hating is Hate. And since Hate equals Fear, anyway, the next time you feel your gorge rising with venom against something you’ve read or someone you’ve heard, try this handy little remedy:
TOLERANCE
While this world has a history of vicious intolerance—one it sometimes appears may continue forever—I see signs that there is more good than bad, that we are evolving socially and spiritually. Only in the backwaters of a dark soul can someone believe another’s life is theirs for the taking, and there are many more bright souls than dark in this world.
TOLERANCE
The question becomes: how can we maintain and express our deep-seated religious beliefs and practices without becoming intolerant of those who do not share, or possibly oppose them? The answer to this is expressed by L. Ron Hubbard in his nonreligious book called The Way to Happiness:
TOLERANCE
We are supposed to be living in an enlightened age, but instead we seem to be devolving into a society of bullies who, ironically, pride themselves on being “tolerant”— but only of what they deem fit to tolerate.
TOLERANCE
Man’s entire history has, to a large degree, centered on the question of God. Wars have been fought, families torn apart, entire groups of people persecuted all because of how they worshiped or believed in God.
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Sometimes YOU (not the other guy) are the one who has to change. I’ve learned that many times in my life.
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What are these people so afraid of? That Jehovah’s Witnesses are personally attacking them by handing them copies of The Watchtower? That a man in a turban is going to change the fabric of the City Council? That Mormons will make them look bad by being too moral? That a Muslim real estate agent is a terrorist? That a Scientologist might poison their minds with The Way to Happiness? The list could go on.