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Cultural Tolerance and Acceptance of Diversity

Being tolerant means recognizing the inadequacy or incapacity of others

Being tolerant means recognizing the inadequacy or incapacity of others. quizlet

In their book “Tolerance and Dissent within Education,” authors Davids and Waghid define tolerance as ‘an attitude or disposition’ or a willingness to admit the possibility of seemingly contrasting viewpoints. Implicit in this definition is the ability to exercise self-discipline to not impose one’s own viewpoints onto another person’s beliefs and to respect the right of others to have their own viewpoints.

EXPLANATION: In other words, being tolerant means recognizing our own potential inadequacy or incapacity to understand all things and, at the same time, being willing to consider the similar inadequacy or incapacity of others. The exercise of tolerance involves an awareness of other considerations and imperatives different from our own that drive different thoughts and viewpoints. The extent of our tolerance, is thus related to how we understand ourselves in relation to others and their truth.

Tolerance can be also described as” the key-virtue for peaceful co-existence and necessary condition for human flourishing” (Walzer, 1997). Viewed as a relational human skill (that is, how we relate the understanding of the Self to the understanding of the Other),humans can exercise tolerance to achieve peaceful co-existence among groups of people with different histories, cultures and identities.

The pursuit of tolerance does not imply agreement with or acceptance of another’s viewpoint or truth. Agreement or acceptance implies a particular shared understanding of how things are or how they ought to be. Tolerance implies difference or disagreement. If there were agreement there would be no need for tolerance. By implication, the exercise of tolerance is a relational human action and an educational encounter in which we are willing to listen to and tolerate a different standpoint from our own.

Palmer (2005) brings yet another layer to the tolerance-intolerance dichotomy.He explains: “intolerance seems to manifest itself in actions of attack on those it disagrees with, while tolerance manifests itself in non-action, of enduring or putting up with differences without necessarily conceding that the other person or group could be right.”

Davids and Waghid postulate that “the articulation of intolerance is not only a negative expression toward others; it is also an adverse and undesirable action against the self. When an individual responds negatively (that is, within tolerance) toward others, such an action undermines others, inasmuch as it undermines human flourishing.” That is, the peaceful co-existence of people with different histories, cultures and identities is challenged and disrupted.

Consequently, the practice of intolerance presumes a predisposition to believe one’s viewpoint as irrefutable truth and to act against an individual or group of people who do not share the same viewpoints.

Being tolerant means recognizing the inadequate or incapacity of others. quizlet

Being tolerance means recognizing the inadequacy or incapacity of others

Being tolerant means recognizing the inadequate or incapacity of others. quizlet

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