Tolerance - Komal Sompura


Tolerance can be simply stated as the ability to accept and live and let others live or tolerate the issues that are not bearable, or a person finds it rigid to agree with the faith. Tolerance varies from person to person as it can’t be measured. It can also be considered unprejudiced. A person is towards different ideas and faiths as we live in a vast diversity where people have a different mentality.

The variation of tolerance level depends on different people; some people accept things not in their favour, whereas some of them oppose. Tolerance is required no matter how one lives, and tolerance is, after all, a virtue. Yet, tolerating virtues are certainly greater when based on living in the bigger picture of life described in the sacred literature. The world of the mind is small. What is good for one may be experienced as bad for another; happiness is another’s sadness. Ultimate reality is bigger than the mind, and this is what sacred literature informs us about. The beginning of realizing and living in this bigger picture beyond the duality of sense perception is tolerance. 

Tolerance is often learnt in subtle ways. Kids develop values by imitating the values of those they know the most. Parents can teach tolerance to their children, and senior members of an organization can teach tolerance to their subordinates and vice versa by example. Talking to each other and respecting each other helps learn and teach about each of them's values. Creating opportunities to play along with the usual official work is important as well. This let everyone learn that everyone has something fruitful to contribute to each other.

Komal Sompura
Class XI Commerce 
The Fabindia School

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