Tolerance. It's a word I've been thinking a lot about lately.
I keep reading about how people should be more "tolerant." What does tolerant mean?
To tolerate means "to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit."
So in other words, should we teach our kids that we should "allow the existence or presence" of those who are different than us? I don't think so. I think a better term would be "accepting."
To be accepting is to receive with approval or favor. Doesn't THAT make more sense? I don't want my kids to think they just have to "tolerate" someone the way that I may have tolerated a teacher I didn't like or a former inlaw I didn't care for. I want them to ACCEPT everyone for who they are and to love them.
To tolerate doesn't imply love. To accept, does. We must do better.