For me, when it comes to humanity, this sounds like…
“I will make the supreme sacrifice of tolerating who you are even though I know that who I am is the right way to be and who you are is wrong and makes me uncomfortable.”
“As distasteful as it is, I will attempt to show tolerance because it will hide the fact that I don’t like, or am afraid of who you are.”
I see the word tolerate tossed around as answer to intolerance and I don’t think I agree. It just seems like a way to camouflage bigotry, fear, judgment or even hatred. As if saying “I will tolerate you” makes me a better person or lifts me above my bigotry. It may make me sound magnanimous but it doesn’t change the fact that I may have a bit of a superiority complex either in the stories I believe about life or in the person that I think I am.
What if, instead of tolerating the ways in which we are different, we turn up the volume on our curiosity, learn more about what makes us each unique and find what is distinctly beautiful about it? Maybe even learn from each other and enrich our own stories?
After all, do we just tolerate the color yellow or blue simply because green is our favorite? Of course not, and guess what, without blue or yellow there wouldn’t even be a green! Each color is a vital part of what makes up this extraordinarily beautiful world. (as am artist this makes complete sense to me, sorry if I confused you)
So, how about if we try a little mixing and blending to see what kind of gorgeous collaborations we could create?
Virginia Masson, The Peace Muse, is a wonder-filled artist, Peacebuilder and Intentional Creativity Coach specializing in guiding transformational change using a powerful combination of intention, image and word.