If you've paid even a small amount of attention on the 2012 presidential race, or politics in general, you've heard the ignorant, divisive, hateful things spewed from some of these politicians' mouths.
There was former 2012 presidential candidate Hermain Cain saying that if one is not wealthy, it's their own fault.
Rick Santorum, currently a 2012 presidential candidate, said that he did not want to make Black people's lives better by giving them other people's money.
Another presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, called President Obama the "food stamp president".
If it is not a politician, it's a neighbor, friend, or relative who says "Black people are lazy", "All Muslims are terrorists", "Gay people aren't fit to be parents", "Christianity is the one and only real religion", or "Mexicans are all drug dealers".
Those of us with open souls cry for tolerance, but I don't think tolerance is the answer.
It is acceptance.
Why acceptance rather than tolerance? Acceptance involves an opening of the heart, and an opening of the mind. It's wanting to learn and understand another's culture, traditions, lifestyle, spirituality - even their difficulties and obstacles. It's loving a person as is, and knowing that person has just as much a right to be as you do.
Tolerance, on the other hand, lacks love and that sincere want to get to know and understand someone. It's a matter of "putting up with" someone. Being tolerant means you still have a fence around yourself.
Acceptance is loving inclusion, and that's what the world needs right now. If we accept everyone as is, and understand them, we avoid the discord in this country and in this world. Can you imagine the many wars avoided, the many divisive bills, laws, and acts not penned, and the many families intact if people had open minds and open hearts?
Let down your fence and open your arms!
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