Why Tolerance is BS…
Screw Tolerance. Preach acceptance.
Everywhere from the media, to religious and political institutions, people are preaching tolerance.
We teach it, and we preach it. We teach it to children, preach it to adults, and broadcast it to the world.
But here is the thing with tolerance. It’s rooted in division. It’s identifying with the notion that we are different and separate from one another. It makes no attempt to close the gaps. Instead it identifies our differences and allows us to anchor ourselves to them.
We can get along fine, as long as you stay over there, and I stay over here. We can tolerate each other.
We are told to tolerate each other’s different opinions, races, sexual preferences, and religious beliefs. All that means, is I want to keep the space I’ve created between us. Because for as long as we are separate from one another, my views, thoughts, opinions, and beliefs remain unthreatened.Tolerance, means we can remain separated in our opposing truths. Click To Tweet
Acceptance is acknowledging that the truth is so big, and beyond our individual understanding, that there is room for all of us.
Let’s ditch tolerance, and move into an age of acceptance.
Let’s close the gap between us, and move in.
Let us instead identify with everything that unites us. All the things that make us the same.
It’s the past of least resistance.
We may all have our own truths, or understandings of it. But here is one that we can all identify with.
We are all here, together. On this planet, living and breathing, together. At the center of our being, on the most fundamental of levels we are all the same. How much easier could acceptance possible get.
Looking deeper than gender, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, we all need the same things.
We all need love, to feel like we belong. We all need air, clean water, and access to nourishing foods.
Let’s move away from teaching our children to tolerate all the ways in which we are different. Let’s teach them to look deeper, for all the ways in which we are the same.
Let’s move away from teaching our children to tolerate all the ways in which we are different. Click To Tweet
Let’s preach it to each other. Let’s broadcast it to the world.
Acceptance, because we are all the same.
How could we have even thought there was another option? That we are taught to tolerate each other is wildly insulting, and deeply unsettling. We are making segregation, politically correct.
We all love and grieve, how could we fail to accept that which unites us.
Look to those you have been taught to tolerate, and move closer. Move in until all you can see is all the ways in which you are the same. Keep moving in until you can’t not see it, because it’s right there in your face.
Chose acceptance. Only then will we know the true meaning of together.
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Stay strong warriors.