How does toleration apply to me?
I briefly touched on my often intolerant views before. It’s interesting that I can view myself as being respectful and tolerant of other people, and at the same time classify myself as being intolerant. A lot of it comes down to ethnocentrism however. Do I think certain religious practices are outdated and inhumane? Most certainly, I will definitely voice my opinion on what I think is the injustice for other people.
I think it’s impossible to be completing tolerant of any religion. As most people in my class are aware, my goal is to become an advocacy worker in LGBT rights. Obviously I cannot be tolerant of religions who view homosexuality as an abomination and a sin. I think there is a big difference between being tolerant and being respectful. I can tell someone I believe that their views are wrong and I cannot accept or condone them, but this does not mean, I can’t be respectful and courteous to the person I’m in disagreement with.
I do think I’m for the most part tolerant. I grew up in a very religious household; my mother is a devout Mormon, who lives 5 minutes from the SLC temple. When I visit, I attend church with her, I keep my opinions to myself, I dress up, take my piercings out and cover my tattoos, because while I do not agree with her faith or church, it does not mean I need to force every bit of my belief down their throats, and I respect that they do not do the same to me.
I think that is where a lot of intolerance comes into play at, people just need to sit back, believe what they believe and realize its ok for others to believe something else, and for you to be around it and not feel someone is going to convert you. They may certainly try, but smile, thank them for their time, and move on, if it doesn’t effect you, then you’ve only lost a bit of time, if it does, then maybe you were supposed to be listening….