Teach Love and Respect – Not Hate and Hurts

In society there appears to be so much anger.  I determined today that I dislike the word “tolerance.”  Someone said today “I have taught my children tolerate gay people.”  Say what?  The definition of to tolerate something or someone means that you “allow the existence, occurrence or practice of something without interference” (Google.com).  First of all, who is anyone to “allow” something.  Each individual has the right to make their own choices, and they should not to worried about whether or not the person sitting next to them is “allowing it without interference.”  Seriously!  I feel that a better word is respect.  In society we should be teaching our children to live in a world where they respect and love one another – not hate and hurt each other.  We need to recognize that everyone has different beliefs, morals, values, sexual orientation, skin color, religion, etc.  We need to teach our children to be open to other people’s opinions.  Does that mean that they should change their beliefs.  No!  It just means that everyone should be allowed to speak freely, love freely and live freely without the fear of retaliation from another human.  We should not be “tolerating” – we should be RESPECTING.

My boys sharing the love!


  1. Hi Nicole, dropping in from Be Inspired University… wanted to say Thanks for the freebie you shared with the members. 🙂

    Checking out your website. I love this blog post. First thought this is the cutest picture of brotherly love. I totally agree with you, and the word tolerate should not even exist. We absolutely need to learn to live better with one another, love each other and most of all accept each other for who we are. We are ALL entitled to speak freely, love freely and live freely like you mentioned. I could not agree more. Thank you for this inspiring post.

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