I'm intolerant and I don't plan on changing. There are some views, beliefs and behavior that I'm unwilling to accept, for example:
- The view that America is NOT great (I think America is GREAT!)
- The belief that you can continuously spend more than you make (I believe we must live within our means)
- Behavior like abusing children (I love children and see our future in them).
The problem with "intolerance" is that being intolerant can drive you a little nuts. We get heated, angry, mean, desperate when we express our intolerance. Intolerance is more like a disease than a cure.
I don't like the symptoms, so after some soul-searching, I think I found an "antidote". I'm not giving up intolerance, just trying to treat the side effects.
Antidote a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison.
The antidote is simple. Whenever I feel the negative emotions associated with intolerance, I think "What behaviors of my own can I change?" Am I spending too much time on the computer? Am I eating the right things? Am I treating those I interact with kindness and respect? My intolerance of others will never change them or make the world a better place. My intolerance of myself has a better chance of change for good. This antidote takes the following quote to the next level:
"He who is without sin... let him cast the first stone"Let other's "sins" remind us of our own sins, so that we can take action to change, improve our own station and "be free men".
"Be the change you want to see in the World" - Mahatma Gandhi