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How can we nurture tolerance in societies and individuals?

We live in increasingly intolerant times, how can societies and/or individuals become more accepting, informed and non-judgemental in regards to minority groups, different political beliefs and divergent viewpoints?
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Go one step further and nurture acceptance
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We must be tolerant while standing up against intolerance
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Education

Building a tolerant society has to be achieved through education, and higher education contributes a fundamental advancement in both social status and how people think, and should be viewed as the highest societal good. Education needs to continue to foster debate, engagement, and openness from students as these are the building blocks of tolerance, critical thinking, and communication. It is for this and many other reasons that education should be placed above all else in society and all barriers to attaining education for all should be removed. Studies show that even countries like the United States, fraught by social issues that have intolerance at their heart, are becoming more tolerant over time; as education improves so will levels of tolerance, eventually.

higheredtoday.org/2017/01/18/higher-education-can-lead-way-toward-tolerant-society archive.thinkprogress.org/the-united-states-is-getting-more-tolerant-of-everyone-except-racists-cb5120c7820c

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Non-violence

Promoting the importance of non-violence in societies can help us all become more tolerant. To foster non-violence education is key, and non-violent communication skills and workshops should be taught and carried out in schools and workplaces to teach us all to resolve conflicts through constructive and peaceful communication. Nurturing tolerance has to be achieved on an individual level and permeate society by advocating a non-violent communication techniques. Indeed the most effective communicators of recent history have often embraced a philosophy of non-violence, from Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr, continuing to build their visons of the future will definitely led us to a more tolerant future.

mbabrief.com/what_is_nonviolent_communication.asp cnvc.org/node/6856 gandhiashramsevagram.org/gandhi-articles/gandhi-philosophy-of-nonviolence.php

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Go one step further and nurture acceptance

When talking and envisioning how to be more open and fair societies it is easy to fall into linguistic traps that can have an effect on the message and idea of what is being discussed, and whether this is being truly understood. This is often the cause with words like tolerance, which can be psychologically loaded terms that are accompanied with images of something that is uncomfortable or difficult to overcome. When considering being truly understanding of differences in society, be they concerning race, gender, sexuality, religion, even lifestyle; maybe acceptance is really the accurate term we are really trying to convey, however tolerance seems to be the more immediate choice uncomfortable choice.

independent.co.uk/voices/comment/tolerance-implies-youre-having-to-put-up-with-something-bad-8570534.html psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/looking-in-the-cultural-mirror/201402/tolerance-acceptance-understanding

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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/tolerance-implies-youre-having-to-put-up-with-something-bad-8570534.html https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/looking-in-the-cultural-mirror/201402/tolerance-acceptance-understanding

We must be tolerant while standing up against intolerance

In 1945 Karl Popper addressed the paradox of tolerance in his book, The Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper wrote “if we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.” He also argued that in exercising the right of self-preservation a tolerant society should be intolerant of intolerance, not by suppression but through the countering of irrational intolerance with rational argument.

kpbs.org/news/midday-edition/2017/08/18/san-diego-faith-leaders-take-stand-against-racism siemensgamesa.com/en-int/explore/journal/2021/03/siemens-gamesa-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination ceoaction.com/actions/an-open-letter-from-boston-scientific-leadership-on-standing-up-to-intolerance-and-racism

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https://www.kpbs.org/news/midday-edition/2017/08/18/san-diego-faith-leaders-take-stand-against-racism https://www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/explore/journal/2021/03/siemens-gamesa-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination https://www.ceoaction.com/actions/an-open-letter-from-boston-scientific-leadership-on-standing-up-to-intolerance-and-racism/

Minimise corruption

Intolerance thrives in environments that are riddled with corruption, when people are oppressed under the strain of corruption they often become more inclined to engage in corrupt behaviour themselves. This fire of an intolerant environment is often stoked by those individuals intent on distracting a population’s attention from their own corrupt behaviour, using common prejudices to scapegoat and blame defenceless targets, often further boosting society’s biases in the process. If we minimise corruption in society, trust in society’s structure and constitutions will be maximised, people will become more tolerant of all issues, as there will be less chance for problems to fester and unfair practices to continue or be perpetuated.

cscanada.net/index.php/css/article/viewFile/J.css.1923669720110705.231/2021 www1.worldbank.org/publicsector/anticorrupt/Svensson%20Eight%20Questions%20About%20Corruption%20(JEP%20Vol%2019,%20No%203%202005).pdf

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http://www.cscanada.net/index.php/css/article/viewFile/J.css.1923669720110705.231/2021 http://www1.worldbank.org/publicsector/anticorrupt/Svensson%20Eight%20Questions%20About%20Corruption%20(JEP%20Vol%2019,%20No%203%202005).pdf
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