On the UN's International Day of Tolerance - We Need It More Than Ever

By Rose-Marie Rubio, Legends Report Contributor

"Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself"

- Robert Green Ingersoll

Today, on the 16th November, the UN has declared an International Day for Tolerance to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance and foster more understanding globally. Given the recent horrific events in Paris, BeirutBaghdad and Kenya, how timely this is and how desperately do we need more understanding and acceptance of each other in our world...

The Declaration of Principles on Tolerance states a need for all generations:

"To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person."

Hence, through the observance of the day for tolerance and practice of it, we can reconnect with our humanness. The video below reminds us how easy it is to let things escalate into arguments, even in the most trivial matters, without often realising the deep and heavy consequences generated by those acts. As great men have once said, peace in the world starts with making peace in our own lives in whatever small way we can.

What do you feel would help us as individuals and as a world to become more tolerant of each other given recent events?

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