From King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham
Tolerance is an important quality we need as humans, to appreciate people for who they are and accept them no matter what. Even though it can be difficult sometimes, we should express tolerance to those around us, even if they have not always been the best they can be. After all, difference makes the world more and more beautiful and it is important to accept difference to know who we are and to make everyone feel special. Valuing difference is the key to promoting tolerance because if we were all the same, the world would be so very boring.
Everyone’s voice is different, everyone’s feelings are different. We have different ways of living, different friends and difference makes us and the world diverse and beautiful. But it is wort remembering that we all need the same things every day. We need food, water, shelter and lots of love in our lives. That is what makes us the same. So despite everyone being different, that is what makes us the same. Hence, acceptance and tolerance for all that is different from us or all that we think is right holds the key to promoting tolerance.
There are many ways to show tolerance and release our anger, instead of pelting out insults. For example, sports such as kickboxing, rugby or any others are a good way to release anger or any tension in our bodies, as they involve a lot of energy consumption and help us aim towards a goal in the game. On the other hand, calming activities are also useful. Gardening and horticulture can also be a great way to connect with nature and sooth our minds. Likewise, the arts can help focus energy into creating something good. Painting, writing, drama, photography, music and dance are great stress busters and can promote tolerance by encouraging young people to get involved in productive activities, instead of pursuing the wrong through hatred, crime and drugs.
I believe that the arts and sports should be made more accessible, especially young people as it provides opportunities for leisure while also learning new skills they may never have known exposed to before. It also opens up many job opportunities for young people for a content and productive future. For instance, music or dance lessons would help one focus on reading music or learning new choreography, thereby creating a sense of rhythm. Rhythm also involves maths so this would probably positively affect their numeracy skills. If a young person took up photography or painting it would increase their attention to detail and improve the way their eyes work. Pursuing drama or writing, would help develop linguistic skills to help express their thoughts and feelings in words more eloquently, thus aiding them to communicate with an audience.
Tolerance needs to be inculcated like a habit. After all, “"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - Mahatma Gandhi.