The Importance of Tolerance
Tolerance and mutual respect have to be learnt
Being tolerant of each other and caring for each other is what makes us human. By teaching tolerance, we allow individuality and diversity while promoting peace and a civil society. Our success in the struggle of intolerance depends on the effort we make to educate ourselves and our children. “Intolerance can be unlearnt. Tolerance and mutual respect have to be learnt” (United Nations Information Service 2004).
Every person of every religion has an obligation to uphold the meaning of tolerance. In fact, tolerance is a major belief within religion; however, it is not always practiced. Many people within many religions have, throughout history, and continue to this day, practiced intolerance in order to gain personal or secular power.
“No Muslim, no Jew, no Christian, no Hindu, no Buddhist—no one who is true to the principles of any of the world’s faiths, no one who claims a cultural, national or religious identity based on values such as truth, decency and justice—can be neutral in the fight against intolerance” (United Nations Information Service 2004).