Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tolerance is over-rated

The problem with the world today is that there is too much tolerance, and not enough real love.

I tolerate the heat and the cold. I tolerate noise, headaches, long waits, even mosquitos. But why on earth would I only just tolerate people?

Behind every face of every minority group is a person. To get to know a person is to love them, eventually. Sometimes, love doesn't always equal like. But if you truly love a person, you have their best interests, whether you like them or not, at heart.

Every person should be treated with kindness and respect, even if they don't deserve it. If it doesn't make them a better person, it will certainly make you a better person.

There is too much tolerance. Too much tolerance by parents of their offspring's rudeness. Too much tolerance of bad attitude, too much tolerance of harmful behaviour.

Love has to be tough. Tolerance will agree with you that you are a sad victim of life. Love will tell you how it is and hopefully you will be a better person for it.

Love doesn't mean I agree with everything you say or do. Love doesn't blindly accept everything as right and good. Love doesn't have to approve of everything you do. Love loves in spite of everything. Love hurts when it sees you going down a bad path. Love doesn't want you there. Love doesn't want you to make the same mistakes it did.