According to Mr. Hill, tolerance is a very important lesson.
The way you treat people is the way you see them, and the way you treat them is what they become. - Johann von Goethe
I actually typed in this blog post back in June but the entire post was "eaten" by my computer and I became very frustrated as this was at the time of the shootings by a white person at a black church and my post was all about the tolerance needed. As so let me go back and try again.
According to Hill, intolerance is a form of ignorance and narrow-mindednesss, Intolerance is taught if not directly then indirectly by what we see others around us do. As we are growing up and in our school-age years we are formed by what those around us believe and do. AND most often we accept this without any thought of if it is right or wrong.
Tolerance, then also must be learned. We must learn to understand how others think and why they do the things they do. Perhaps, they are also repeating what was taught to them just as we are when we being to judge them. In order to preach tolerance though we need to practice it ourselves.
In the physical text of The Law of Success Mr Hill spends a lot of discussion in this Lesson on how to abolish war. That was a big part of his life since the original publication date was 1925. I too believe in the abolition of war but I think we need to go back to the individual level and practice tolerance within our homes, our families and our neighborhoods starting at the root of the problem to generate the thoughts needed throughout the world to abolish those things that tend to lead to war. Is not war created through the intolerance of some to the thoughts and opinions of others?
We need to be educated and educate on the importance of tolerance in all areas of life. I think that the main lesson to be learned here is about open-mindedness and forbearance in relation to how we view and interact with others.
Paula J. Kaprocki, LMT, BS, CPC
Life Coach, Massage Therapist, Infinite Possibilities Trainer, Author