International Day for Tolerance (16th Nov, 2018)

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We celebrate tolerance day today. It is a virtue that everyone should strive to have and practice it all the time. The word tolerance means having a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry. The word was first recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin “tolerantia”.

There are many synonymous words that may be used in place of it patience, sufferance, liberality. There are five types of tolerance;

  • Thought tolerance – accepting other people belief and coexist with them
  • Racial tolerance – accepting and living with people with different races
  • Religious tolerance – accepting and coexisting with others who have different religious beliefs
  • Social tolerance – accepting others with different social classes
  • Sexual tolerance – accepting and living with people of different sexes

It may not be easy to develop tolerance, but for the sake of peace, it is everyone’s duty to try - Check your ego, meditate, maintain perspective, exercise patience, teach children to love, challenge stereotypes and challenge yourself.

We can live peacefully with one another if we are tolerant towards each other

Compiled by Grace C. Sitienei – University of Nairobi Library

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