There is a simple tip you can implement in your life to be more tolerant. Tolerance to other ideas and opinions is good and healthy to make us understand that our point of view is just a single vision of the world. It is also accepting that there is no one holding the absolute truth not even in their communities or the subject they feel passionate (politics, religion, academics)
- Try to have diverse type of friends.
It would be ideal if you could have friends who can represent totally different ideas of the ones you hold. I have protestant, Anglican, catholic, Muslims, atheist and agnostic friends. In terms of politics I talk with very conservative, liberals, socialists, far right wing friends. And this has been very enriching to me.
You do not have to be afraid of engaging in a conversation with someone with a different background. If you are mature enough and you are confident of what you believe why would you do that? The more you know about other persons the wiser you get and at the same time you became a more humble person because you are more aware that yours is not an absolute truth
- Listen, share your opinions and ideas but do not blame.
Try to listen to the others. Understand the reasons why they think this way. You can always say that the way they see the world does not look right for you for any reason you have without blaming others. This is specially important for some communities that need to be more tolerant instead of just sending the others to hell (in case of religion), or calling their political opponents ‘fascists’, ‘communists’ or ‘enemies of the state’.
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