Tolerance is defined as a fair, permissive, and objective attitude towards those attitudes, practices, race, etc. that differ from one’s own. I like to think of it as tolerance is the understanding that diversity and uniqueness is a wonderful thing. Seeing the simple complexity of the world around us should inspire a sense of wonder and amazement. While cliché, the greatest miracles are the small ones. The first cries of a child, the wings of a butterfly, or the love between people. Encouraging these miracles and supporting those who feel the joy pulse through them is both a duty and a right of humanity. When this diversity is shattered, the entire community of humanity suffers in the end.
Not every person can support this diversity with the full force of his or her life. Many times this is left to the leaders and holy people to champion. Nevertheless, even within our own lives tolerance can take place. Support through action and word is often the most basic and far-reaching. It does not require standing in front of tanks or marching through the country to offer a kind word, to embrace the diversity of the human condition, or to act with kindness towards others.
Speak with honesty AND kindness.