I’ve discovered that I’m intolerant when it comes to tolerance!
I was talking with a friend recently and she said, “We just have to learn to tolerate people.” I found myself objecting.
Tolerance is simply not enough. To my mind, tolerance means putting up with something we don’t accept or like. Pain and boredom are things we learn to tolerate.
Surely, we’re called to a higher standard? We don’t have to agree with everybody. Indeed, there are ideas and actions that we need to oppose with all our vigor, but if we can’t embrace people who differ from us in their beliefs, values and opinions then we are smaller and less loving than we are capable of being.
I realize that this is an easy thing to say and a hard thing to do. I still think it’s worth trying…