Still Our People: The Struggle of Tolerance Amongst Ourselves

By Samuel Choi

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Steps to reach world Peace

The sun slowly passes across the sky as red and orange hue spread across along with large clouds that pronounce intricate texture. The warmth of the sky is slowly replaced by a sudden coldness waiting to engulf the entirety of the atmosphere. Not far behind, in the midst of a small Georgia town, neo-nazis uniformly march in such fury while attempting to make a stance. Soon enough, swastikas are burnt as it releases a frightening radiating glow. All that is to be heard are the violent chaos and conflicts of hatred. This was just one of many Right to Unite rallies transpired throughout the US.

Although most educated outsiders would criticize this movement, calling out “close-minded monsters whose intentions lie beyond inflicting harm only because of indifferent racial and cultural”, similar unacceptable behavior ideologies that resemble such are commonly seen throughout many “normal” families; maybe even in yours. There is always that one family member with an extreme sense of humor or intolerance for certain type of people. Is there a way to eliminate this struggle for tolerance in our families?

There is no question that even throughout modern times of the society, strong conservative ideologies and fixed mindsets have been increasingly popular among the older generations, as they have always been. This may be because of their own conflicts and cultural experiences they have witnessed in the past. Despite this, I strongly believe that through warm-hearted conversations and understanding, we must strive to educate those family or friends to give them a new perspective and breath in this peaceful, post-world war age of the modern world.

Once said by the great Hellen Keller, a deaf yet influential political activist, lecturer, author, “the highest result of education is tolerance”. Of the numerous troubles, people go through in the lack of acceptance are the new ideologies standards of equality. Lack of necessary education contributes to the large portion of that. The more people are taught about the reality of inequalities faced by different genders, race, and cultures, they will be more inclined to a broader view of the importance of justice. As a modern civilized society, it is our unique character trait to recognize different perspectives and care for others. It only makes logical sense that gaining relevant knowledge of those discriminated against would surely expand other minds with empathy.

From Mahatma Gandhi to Malala Yousafzai, revolutions for equality come in large extents. This should be the approach reached via peaceful methods. After all, we are still talking to our own family and friends; those who matter to us.

Despite the clarity in what we must do to maximize tolerance, some might still argue that millennials, the new generation who make up a large demographic of the current world have characteristics of not working hard enough and being clumsy. They say that the new generations are not as willing to committing and the old ways of working and thinking were superior.  According to Psychology Today by (Janet Hicks Ph.D.), she describes millennials with “great courage as they advocated in the Me Too Movement, marched for gay rights, gun control, and women’s issues”. There has never been so much effort for achieving equality and tolerance through peace. This goes to prove that the new generation is perfectly capable of operating the new era and must be trusted to spread cultural, racial and religious tolerance amongst our closest family and friends.

The key is to constantly strive for more knowledge and acceptance in all backgrounds. Especially as many teenagers and children with multicultural background struggle with differing beliefs between home and school. Those who are privileged enough to realize the importance of forbearance must strive to educate the rest. Standing up in such manner may seem like a daunting task at first but as my fifth-grade teacher always reminded the class, “be the change that you want to see in the world today”.

 

Works Cited:

  1. Hicks, Janet. “Why Do Today’s Youth Seem So Different?” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 1 May 2018, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/raising-parents/201805/why-do-todays-youth-seem-so-different.
  2. Pudan, Konstantin. “Konstantin Pudan (@pudan416) | Unsplash Photo Community.” Beautiful Free Images & Pictures, 25 Oct. 2018, unsplash.com/@pudan416. https://unsplash.com/@pudan416