Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Today is the International Day for Tolerance. Please spend some time today thinking about what tolerance means for you and for everyone. Then send me your thoughts. I would like to do a follow up post of your messages (if there are any!) From UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance signed by the member states in 1995. Article 1 - Meaning of tolerance 1.1 Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace. 1.2 Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States. 1.3 Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments. 1.4 Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one's convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one's own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one's views are not to be imposed on others. For more go here

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At 11/16/2005 06:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Scruffy American:

In Los Angeles, we even have a museum of tolerance which was real sobering to see. In case anyone wants to see it on line. It's

Scruffy American

At 11/16/2005 07:01:00 PM, Blogger Mike said...

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At 11/16/2005 07:12:00 PM, Blogger Mike said...

uh, that post didn’t read right… interesting find there, anonymous, never come across that before. This link might make it easier for people to see it Museum of Tolerance

At 11/16/2005 07:30:00 PM, Blogger deviousdiva said...

Thanks for reminding me Mike, I wanted to post this a while ago. This is the html for putting a link in a message. Hope it's useful to others too.

html for links

At 11/16/2005 10:57:00 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Well, it worked for me dd (thanks), just hope you never regret showing me that!

Article 4 - Education

4.1 Education is the most effective means of preventing intolerance. The first step in tolerance education is to teach people what their shared rights and freedoms are, so that they may be respected, and to promote the will to protect those of others.

Yup, go along with that.

At 11/16/2005 11:23:00 PM, Blogger deviousdiva said...

I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
Alice Walker

Oppression involves a failure of the imagination: the failure to imagine the full humanity of other human beings.
Margaret Atwood

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
Bertrand Russell

Though all society is founded on intolerance, all improvement is founded on tolerance"
George Bernard Shaw


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