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September 16, 2016
Tolerating opinions of others

EDITOR: Do we tolerate the opinion of others?

The above question is one worthy of serious consideration.  

It seems that in our society many people are not willing to tolerate an opinion that differs from theirs. Sometimes a person expresses a view that others in the conversational group do not agree with – a political or religious view. What is the result? That person is branded a fool, called stupid, or ignorant.{{more}} Why can’t some of us learn to respect the views of others, expressed orally or written? We do not have to agree with someone else, but we can respect his or her views still. We may personally ask: “How would I feel if someone called me foolish, stupid, or ignorant because I do not share his/her view of a matter? Would I like it? Since I would not like it, should I call someone derogatory names because he/she does not share my view?”

Remember the Golden Rule at Matthew 7:12, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”

People, let us throw away arrogant pride and be willing to respect people’s right to their own opinion. That is a basic RIGHT of all humans. Treat others the way we wish to be treated.   


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