Today 16th November marks International Day for Tolerance. It comes following World Kindness Day and World Philosophy Day. Today's World is becoming less tolerant, more inward. This day reminds us to be more mindful in creating an environment of respect, kindness, acceptance, inclusion, diversity and peace - across the entire spectrum of tolerance by identifying, reflecting and acting upon many ways to foster co-operation, social innovation, a deep understanding of others' opinions and beliefs based on the tenets of co-existence and inclusive societies.
The International Day for Tolerance propels us to discover the diversity of the intellectual currents in the world simulating intercultural dialogue, incite us to exercise a reasoned confrontation of opinions to build a more tolerant and respectful world to thrive in.
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 our ways of being human and also recognizing the universal human rights and fundamental freedom of others.
We leave with this positive note which is potent and profound quoting Jeremy Blanche-Schwartz :
We all have so much in common than we have to differentiate us.