Esoteric Library - Tolerance And The Human Spirit
Esoteric Library
Articles

-- 2925 articles here --

Search our entire article base




Esoteric Dictionary Definitions
Search our dictionary.

2925
Article Count

Return to our index page
Review all comments made by readers on articles, in the library
Get notified when there are new articles in a category of interest
Search our complete article base for all your answer
Contact Esoteric Library
Help Esoteric Library
About Pieter Heydenrych
Some Causes worth considering
Return to our Dictionary index page
Create your own author account, and submit articles free

Category : Self Improvement - - - - Previous Page

--> Notify Me when there is an article of interest in a specific category FREE <--

Tolerance And The Human Spirit

{written by : John Culbertson}

Article word count : 854 -- Article Id : 2291
Article active date : 2009-06-27 -- Article views : 6303


Link to this article
Esoteric Library Publishers
Send to a friend
Add to Favourites
Print Article
Notify me of new articles in this category

Rate this article

Current rating : 2.83
Why rate an article?
Putting down your mark helps us to ensure that we are able to get the best to everyone. So please help others to help yourself.

To vote, click on the star of your choice.

Thanks...
?
Article is about :
What does the term 'tolerance' mean to you? To many people it seems that it is synonymous with phrases such as 'to put up with', often harking back to classroom scenarios of the teacher informing noisome students that he will not tolerate such behaviour. Certainly it would often seem to...





Search our entire article base






Esoteric Dictionary Definitions
Search our dictionary.




Custom Search



What does the term "tolerance" mean to you? To many people it seems that it is synonymous with phrases such as "to put up with", often harking back to classroom scenarios of the teacher informing noisome students that he will not tolerate such behaviour. Certainly it would often seem to be the case that the word "tolerate" is associated with negativity, and that to tolerate something is to put up with a situation which may engender negative or unwelcome feelings.

Yet often we are advised that toleration is a skill which is increasingly necessary in an increasingly diverse society. The word is that a society which is tolerant is more peaceful, and harmonious.

Putting these two concepts together, on the one hand the common association of tolerance with something that might otherwise be discouraged, with the expectation that such behaviour would give rise to a more integrated and understanding society, does raise some questions, and would not appear to be sitting at ease together.

If the tolerant individual is one who puts up with the fact that other people are different, whether through skin colour, race, creed, religious belief, moral belief or political persuasion, then is that individual one who can be said to be a catalyst for cultural diversity and acceptance? Certainly if we accept the commonly held stigmatism of tolerance as harbouring negative thoughts and feelings, then it would suggest not.

But let us consider the nature of society, and in particular, the society that the intolerant individual may prefer. Since toleration implies differences which can encourage resentment, suspicion and doubt as far as individual differences are concerned, perhaps the intolerant society would be one where everybody is the same?

Prejudice has found more ways to manifest itself than one might imagine. Whether prejudice rises as a result of gender differences - and not merely the simple classification of male and female, or through skin colour, hair colour, religious beliefs, dietary beliefs, size, dress preferences or political beliefs, the one thing that is clear is that within any social group of almost any size, there will be opportunities for prejudice. This is simply due to the basic and most fundamental fact of being human - that we are all different.

So if being human is to be different, unique, individual in our collective choices and heritage, then being human is also by definition, to be subject , at least potentially, to prejudice.

Toleration is either the "putting up with" differences, or perhaps it should be considered more as the acceptance of those differences. Taking this idea further, we could consider the radical idea that to be human must necessarily to be tolerant - since we have to accept that we are all different in one way or another, and that to deny this, or be repelled at the thought if the concept, is to refuse to accept the most fundamental aspect of our humanity. Difference.

One of the biggest challenges we have is perhaps to try to change the general perception of the world toleration. The fact that it is so closely paired to the word prejudice, and necessarily has negative connotations presents us with a dilemma. Separating tolerance from prejudice, and seeing the skill of being tolerant as something which is not merely positive, but embraces the human dimension, the human need for individualism and diversity.

No society, regardless of size, could ever flourish or survive if there was no diversity. Even a torrent of seemingly identical ants furtively darting through the cracks in our patio are diverse - they have to be to survive. Some ants have enormous front pincers for fighting and defending the nest, and in fact their mandibles are so big they can"t even feed themselves, and so other ants smaller than they are help the colony by feeding those who cannot feed themselves. The queen cannot move, whilst others are adept at building the nest around her. The very survival of a colony of ants depends upon their diversity, and the balance that they manage to create through that variation in size, structure and skill.

How much more diverse and rich is our own culture than that of the ants? Yet it sometimes seems that we look at our diversity as a problem to be tackled, and tolerance is the lesson that we should preach to help to accept such diversity. Yet, just as with the ants, if we lacked that diversity, our society, indeed our human heritage, would dry up, and eventually lead to stagnation and even cultural extinction.

The skill of being a tolerant individual therefore is not merely the ability to put to one side any prejudices we may be tempted to harbour, but the far greater and more meaningful ability to accept and realize that to be human is to be unique, and tolerance is therefore nothing less than our ability to embrace both our own humanity, and humanity as a whole. It is perhaps the most fundamental skill of all, and one that is crucial to our very survival as a species, as countless wars across the eons have taught us.

Author Bio :
Article by John Culbertson, http://www.mysticjohnculbertson.com

Add a comment to this article
Number of comments for this article : 0
View all comments to this article
View all comments in the Comments Blog


Other reads from the same category

Tips for Setting Effective Goals {by Barbara Small}
Don't Wait To Feel Worthy {by Linda-Ann Stewart}
The Judge & the Victim Strike Again! {by Dr. Sheri Rosenthal}
The True Role Of Your Inner Critic {by Linda-Ann Stewart}
It was no one’s fault, it was an accident.. {by Donna Somerville}
Relationship: The Ultimate Frontier {by Jean-Claude Gerard Koven }
Become More Assertive: 13 Stepping Stones Along Your Path to Assertiveness {by Barbara Small}
Empower Your Self Through Creativity, Abundance and Joy {by George E. Lockett}
To do or not to do, that is the question? {by Thea Westra}
You Are What You Think {by Linda-Ann Stewart}
Other reads by John Culbertson

Are you Psychic? - Part 1
An Introduction to the Chakras - Part 1
An Introduction To The Benefits Of Meditation
A Passage Of Time: Death As Our Defining Moment
Feng Shui - Addressing The Balance For Green Living
Valentine’s Day – The Full Circle Of Traditions
Basic Candle Magick Spell for Protection from Negativity
A Beginners Guide to Psychic Protection Techniques
Are you Psychic? - Part 3
Are you Psychic? - Part 2


This Page is Sponsored by : From A Blimp To A Racecar