Tolerance Essay

668 WordsDec 30, 20123 Pages
1.Rapid disappearing tolerance among youth Tolerance is an attitude, a way of thinking, and a lifestyle, all in one. Tolerance means that you are free to adhere to your own convictions, and accept that others adhere to theirs. Tolerance involves rejection of dogmatism and absolutism. Tolerance is taking responsibility for your contribution to society and the impact of your actions on others. Tolerance is not to ‘simply endure the presence of others’, nor does it mean you have to embrace the other’s beliefs. Tolerance is harmony in difference. Tolerance, as we define it, refers to the skills we need to live together peacefully. In times of peace, people have a chance to prosper socially, economically and emotionally. Tolerance creates a society in which people can feel valued and respected, and in which there is room for every person, each with their own ideas, thoughts and dreams. This is why we believe tolerance is important: because it is an essential aspect of a healthy, liveable society. In fact, it is the only way in which a country as diverse as Lebanon (politically, religiously, economically) can function and use each and every difference to make its people thrive rather than suffer. 2. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, somewhere in Every hour... Someone commits a hate crime Every day... At least eight black people, three white people, three gay people, three Jewish people, and one Latino person become hate crime victims Every week... A cross is burned A hate crime is a crime directed against people because of what they are, not who they are. These crimes include those directed at others because of their * Race * Color * Religion * National Origin * Ethnicity * Gender * Disability * Sexual Orientation This inherent hate for a whole group of people for no particular reason other than one's

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