'Tolerance' Chapter


You don’t have to see someone’s point to allow them the freedom to make it. You don’t have to view what you personally don’t accept, but you are not practicing tolerance if you make your views a moral agenda for society itself. Any person or group has its place and is worthy of respect. Any person, no matter how seemingly confused, can be your teacher. This realization is what is meant by tolerance.

You have to be active in the face of intolerance. Individual choice is the essence of tolerance.

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” Peace Pilgrim (American Teacher and Spiritual leader and Peace Prophet, 1908-1981)

“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

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” Dalai Lama (Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, b.1935)

Recognition Of Common Ground

Tolerance is a hot button topic, and my track record with those is touch and go, so I apologize in advance if I offend. Tolerance to my view is not some touchy, feely, love everybody practice. I think that’s why,… Seek More

God's Grace

We are all equally present in this reality. Accepting this is tolerance. The opposite of tolerance is delusion. The idea that you can exclude something because you don’t like it, or the idea that you can ridicule someone because they… Seek More


To feel intolerance is always to feel stress. That must be an indicator that it’s not the natural way for us. Exactly. Intolerance always creates stress. Is the joke really all that funny, if you know it’s controversial? If you… Seek More

Wiser Choice

I used to work with a woman. She talked about going to discos and not wanting to get too close to anyone, just have fun. I dismissed her as a party girl and didn’t have much to do with her,… Seek More

Embrace Tolerance

Friends, what is tolerance? Polite respect for someone else, even if you don’t understand them. Excellent, and the odds are there will be plenty of people in life you don’t understand, because they come from a different culture than you,… Seek More

Tolerate Your Failings

Can you tolerate your own weaknesses, friends? Your own failings? If not, why not? That can be the biggest trial, but it leads to tolerance of others. It goes back to tending to the moat in your eye, not the… Seek More

Individual Choice

Don’t empathy and compassion often lead you to do things for others that hurt yourself? True compassion will allow for forbearance. True compassion will lead to the realization that the worlds burdens are not your personal burdens, and your values… Seek More

Tolerance Is The Step

I will admit I do knowingly and with wilful intent practice ignorance. I practice ignorance, because I accept that I have time and feeling for only a limited number of issues. I have an inherently limited sphere of concern, but… Seek More