Markyyy, you are definitely on to something...open hearts seem to be increasing on R&S. i, personally, don't think in terms of tolerance or intolerance, rather of acceptance or non-acceptance. The words "tolerate" or "tolerance" seem to imply a stance of superiority, of "holier-than-thou-ness," which lacks compassion or empathy, whereas "acceptance" places no value judgment on another. R&S offers a fundamental venue for meeting those of other faiths and beliefs, of other cultures. For some, the initial meeting may be shocking or even traumatic...seeing tor the first time that there exist radically different viewpoints. But as we come into dialogue with one another and sense the beings behind the words and how we are more alike than different, we come to a better understanding of the plenitude and variety that this world holds. It is also interesting to note that when we resist that which we think we are in opposition to, somehow it resists right back, perhaps even more strongly, thus creating a meaningless escalation that mirrors, in a smaller, but significant way, the external wars of the world. What is the cost for resistance, finger pointing, and making another "wrong?" The cost is great...to all...for all are affected, knowingly or not. When we open our minds and our hearts to the world, we find our enlarged hearts can hold an infinite amount of acceptance, empathy, compassion, and love. In this case, an "enlarged heart" is desirable, for it virtually heals/wholes the world into oneness, placing the salve of acceptance/forgiveness/love on the wounds of separation.
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