Tolerance and peace: Short Essay

Tolerance and peace

Tolerance is the virtue of a civilized age. It helps us to put up with those who have different ways and opinions, different ideas and outlook on life.

Tolerance is of most important in our life if we want to live in peace. If we practice tolerance in our action, speech and behaviour, it would lead to an atmosphere of peace, otherwise would be an atmosphere of dissension and chaos. In ancient days we had terrible intolerance every field. Intolerance means refusal to be just and fair minded. Even today, people are massacred in the name of God. All the intolerance comes from narrow mindedness and blind self conceit. It is the result of dogmatism, a belief that there is only one attitude that is right. Without broad mindedness energy is wasted in futile arguments. It generates only passion. In the long run mere passion neither leads to any good nor solves any problem/Passion has to be controlled is the motive force behind tolerance.

In our daily life, we should cultivate tolerance in relation to family affairs, state, nation and international affairs. In the past, large joint families existed in which people used to cultivate tolerance as one of their habit. But now it is the age of nuclear, self centered family with least tolerance. Disputes can be settled amicably if we have a spirit of tolerance. Even in the international affairs, tolerance is the answer to all problems and thus peace may prevail. Sometimes tolerance is interpreted as “weakness”. It should be a two-way traffic. Unless there is a positive response from the other party tolerance is meaningless.

The great fact is that we live in the midst of a rich and complex diversity difference in environment or condition of life. So is every one’s first duty to cultivate tolerance and which will develop the spirit of unity and integrity.

It is ordinate by God that people of India professing different religion must stay here and work for the good of the country. If all of us can understand this fact, must trouble can be avoided and the nation can be prosperous.

Man is a social being and has to live in a spirit of harmony and cooperation with others. In this process some amount of give and take is necessary. So with all these examples it is crystal clear that tolerance is at the root of the peaceful solution of problems of all kinds. Hence it is over duty to cultivate the habits of tolerance.