We live in an incredibly polarizing time and place. However, that doesn’t mean we should remain off and afraid of other people.
One way to be more open-minded is through religious tolerance.
There is no better time than right now to come together and learn about people different from ourselves so we may be more empathetic and caring people in our communities.
Religion is a huge part of the world we live in, with so many different religions celebrated. These are some good steps to help you show an appreciation of this diversity.
Learn About Other Religions
No matter what religion you believe in, it shouldn’t be the only religion you know about if you want to show ethical compassion and acceptance of others.
By researching other religions and hearing from people who practice them, you can better understand them.
Religious tolerance is based on empathy and if you know what another religion is about, you may find aspects similar to your own or things you agree with.
There are a lot of great resources available for researching different religions. You could listen to a Religion podcast, or even go to where that religion is practiced and meet people.
1. Participation and Experience
Participating in a respectful way is a great way to both learn about other religions and showing moral understanding.
There are many different events, celebrations, and ceremonies that may be open to the general public you can learn about and take part in.
This shows you are working toward understanding religions other than your own and it also connects you to new communities and people.
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2. Stay Open-Minded
It is important to not just discourage religious intolerance but to actively engage in showing tolerance. Tolerance is often best shown by simply being open and understanding of other religions.
If you, or others around you, have put down other religions or jokes about them, you have likely insulated yourself in a group that is similar to you.
It is normal for people to want to spend time with like-minded individuals, but it can shut out new people. And it is invaluable to meet and understand different people.
If you show you are open to interacting with others and learning about different religious beliefs, you provide a safer space for others.
Demonstrating a willingness to learn and engage with people different than you could change your entire world view. It could open you up to great new experiences you would’ve missed out on otherwise.
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3. Religious Tolerance Toward Acceptance
Showing you have religious understanding is important, but the step after is acceptance.
Many religions have similarities you wouldn’t know about unless you look closer. And the more you learn about others, the more interesting and unique your world can become.
By being introduced to new ideas and new people, you can better understand the world and the people living in it.
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