And do we need more of it!!! I must admit that in today’s hot, over-the-top political climate I have had less than perfect patience. So maybe an International Day For Tolerance will cause some of us (including myself) to take a deep, slow breath and reflect on some of the positive things that are happening.
The United Nations passed a resolution in 1996 inviting UN Member States to annually observe on November 16, International Day for Tolerance. November 16 could not be a more appropriate day on which to celebrate tolerance and respect because it is the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, history’s most famous spokesperson for nonviolence. (photo – UN)
This year the UN has launched a new campaign called TOGETHER promoting worldwide tolerance, respect and dignity.
This new initiative aims at reducing negative attitudes and perceptions towards refugees and migrants by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples
“This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.”
Join in, celebrate this International Day For Tolerance, we can all be a bit more tolerant of our friends, family members, fellow workers, politicians and maybe even the president of the United States although that is asking a lot!!
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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