If you want to get One Grip Higher… Stop being tolerant and start loving people!

It has become cool in out society to be tolerant of everything. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that decent humanity requires tolerance of some things. The emphasis here is on “SOME”. Everything is not acceptable. Something’s are wrong! Yes, I said that. And I’ll say it again. Some things are wrong. Bride burning in rural India, FGM in Africa, racism in America (and the rest of the world), and just about anything else that is predicated on the harming of a other human simply because the offender is stronger than the victim! Strength and majority do not warrant permission to act! Somethings are wrong.

Yes, these are extreme examples, but our culture is training up a generation of spineless people inculcated in the doctrine of “tolerance”. But where is the line? When do we distinguish between tolerance of other’s harmless ideas and harmful actions. There is a continuum of tolerant severity and I believe our culture has blurred the line so severely that we run the risk of losing the ability to differentiate between the two!

I would prefer to trade the American fascination with tolerance for the value of love. I believe that people who love others have greater impact and influence than those who tolerate others. The Dalai Lama recently tweeted, “Once your mind is calm and full of love, there is no room for hatred or fear. Others will trust you because of your open heart.” Love is a far greater standard than tolerance! Jesus Christ taught “love your neighbor as yourself…” in todays environment, with the flattening, shrinking world, this truth is more relevant than ever… My neighbor is literally anyone else in the world. I believe that we need to stop focusing on tolerance, and start focusing on love.

I can tolerate someone and still work against them. But I can’t love someone and work against them. We need to get rid of our nation infatuation with tolerance and pursue love as the primary cultural value of society. Love is a lot better than tolerance.

If you want to get One Grip Higher… Stop being tolerant and start loving people!

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