Understanding is the assassin of bigotry, and lays a strong foundation upon which to build a tolerant society.
Tolerance is an attribute of egoism.
Many people have the confused idea that peace will happen when all the colors in the palette are the same. The actuality of peace is accepting each color’s differences and seeing the beauty each possesses.
I hold that it is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read
sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others’
religions as we would have them to respect our own, a friendly study of the
world’s religions is a sacred duty.
As for the majority, it is not so much race as it is political affiliation that really divides it today. What was once an issue of physical difference is now one of intellectual difference. Men have yet to master disagreeing without flashing all their frustrations that come with it; the conservative will throw half-truths while the liberal will throw insults. Combine these and what do you get? A dishonest mockery of a country.
Sacrifice of the self is sheer stupidity if sacrifice is not for the self.
Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged
Relativism emerges as the contemporary supplement of a wish to appear democratic, tolerant and humble about one’s ability to grasp the truth. Democracy is perceived as defending the “the right of each person to his or her own viewpoint, so much so, indeed, it seems to imply a tolerance that asks one to relativize one’s own positions and to shrink from putting them forward as true
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.
[Commencement Address at American University, June 10 1963]
As fallible humans, we usually slip too far over one edge or the other – all wrath and judgment or all grace and love.