the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
Every day we encounter people who share our opinions or who think very differently from us. When facing these people, it is important to be open to new opinions, and most of all, to be respectful. One of the most discussed and controversial topics concerns gay relationships.
Should people who are in a committed gay relationship deserve the same rights as everyone else? Nowadays, society has trouble accepting those who feel or think differently. We have constructed our society based on morals created by concepts that we think are correct. We have lived our lives by these morals, but we’ve reached a point where we don’t know if we act according to what is right for us, or right according to society. Do we really know what is right and what is wrong?
Since human rights apply to all of us, we all deserve to be treated the same. We should all be treated with tolerance, respect and open minds.
Standing out because of religion, race, sexual orientation etc. shouldn’t be a problem for students. We don’t want to live in a world so hateful, where someone would rather die than be who they are. Two years ago, a fifteen year old boy in Ottawa committed suicide after having been bullied since elementary school. One of the incidents he suffered was an afternoon on the bus when some boys tried to shove batteries down his throat simply because he was enrolled in figure skating lessons. “I don’t want my parents to think this is their fault, either. I love my mom and dad. It’s just too hard. I don’t want to wait three more years, this hurts too much.” (Burke, 2011)
When people are being intolerant and disrespectful towards others, they don’t take the consequences into account. At school we are taught principle values that include respect, responsibility and others.
Teachers are made to believe that students are actually following these pillars, but are we practicing what is preached?
- God hates Homosapians (keylanf.wordpress.com)
- Hamilton schools to weave values such as tolerance, acceptance into classroom curriculum (nj.com)
- Tolerance: I do not think it means what you think it means. (yesnoum.wordpress.com)
- Problem of Moral Relativism (ubcgcu.org)