I am merely a StickLady with a blog. I do not have influence on a national scale. I am not a celebrity or a news anchor. I am not a mover or a shaker. Still, I am proposing that America observe a Day of Tolerance. I am hoping that my blog will allow me to reach a small audience who may consider my suggestion. I challenge you to observe one day of open-mindedness.
For one day, make a concerted effort to listen to a new perspective. You can choose the day, the time, and the method, as long as you vow to listen to an opinion that does not align with your own. Perhaps you can change the news channel to one that does not represent your point of view. Buy a newspaper or read an online news feed that represents the opposing viewpoint. Better yet, go online and google search a topic that is a hot-button issue for you. Research that topic until you have a coherent, non-biased list of the differences that ignite debate. I believe, if you can look at the facts without the emotion, you might find the differences are not quite so polarizing.
The goal of a Day of Tolerance is to practice respecting, or at least understanding, the views of others. It is about dispelling the myths and the spin and getting to the truth without the self-serving opinions of politicians and pundits. We can do a much better job of being civil to one another. It is about time we started doing just that before things spin completely out of control..
I challenge you to a Day of Tolerance.