On November 16th, 1995 the day of its fiftieth anniversary, UNESCO’s Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression, and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe. (www.unesco.org)
Today is an important day to remember that everyone is different. Everyone thinks differently, feels differently, looks differently, and is battling his/her own battles. When you don’t understand something or someone, that doesn’t mean it is wrong. It may be wrong for you, or something you have never thought of, but that doesn’t mean it IS wrong. Everyone has different goals, dreams, and hopes. Without all of these different cultures, thoughts, races, values, and ideas the world would be a really boring place. This doesn’t mean you have to agree, but it does mean that you respect the differences in others.
Cherish the differences you see in people, they are awesome!