Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tolerance is Social and Political, too!

Tolerance poster courtesy of Living Values Education
(To better read the poster, click on it to open in a full window.)

Here are a few quotes from think

"Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." Robert Green Ingersoll quotes (American Statesman and Orator, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of atheism. 1833-1899)

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

"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 quotes (German classical Scholar, Philosopher and Critic of culture, 1844-1900.)

"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 quotes

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

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle quotes (Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scientist and Physician, 384 BC-322 BC)

"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others." John Fitzgerald Kennedy quotes (American 35th US President (1961-63), 1917-1963)

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there." Jalal ad-Din Rumi quotes (Persian Poet and Mystic, 1207-1273)

"If a profound gulf separates my neighbor's belief from mine, there is always the golden bridge of tolerance" Anon.

"Tolerance implies a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one's own" Mahatma Gandhi quotes (Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948)

"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race." Kofi Annan quotes (Ghanaian diplomat, seventh secretary-general of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.)

"Tolerance can lead to learning something." Jakob Dylan quotes (Rock Star; band Wallflowers?)

Finally, here is a quote from The Living Pulpit

"The first thing we must do is abandon the notion of [America as] a melting pot where people have to give up most of what makes them who they are in order to become what someone else wants them to be. That flies in the face of tolerance." Marvin A. McMickle is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Seminary in Ashland, Ohio

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