November 16, 2009

International Tolerance Day

The United Nations has declared this a day to talk about and work toward tolerance.

Enjoy these wise words about an important idea:

"World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement." ~ John F. Kennedy

“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival." ~ Rene Dubos, Celebrations of Life, 1981

UNESCO's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance defines tolerance as "respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference."

Take the Tolerance Pledge, found at "I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own."

Try a tolerance activity.

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