Knowing your values is key to knowing yourself.
Recently on Elon University’s campus, there have been incidents reflecting ideas of intolerance. This is not something that should ever be allowed to go on. Everyone should feel welcome and safe wherever they are on campus, NO EXCEPTIONS. This idea of intolerance directly stems from a lack of good, moral values. If you don’t have a strong moral fiber that directs you, you’re probably making quite a few mistakes along the path.
For me personally, my values drive everything I do. I’m a very family and goal-oriented person. I also look to religion to find answers to my larger questions in life. However, no two people are the same, neither are their values. Each one of us as individuals must decide between what is right and wrong. However, I believe we can all come to a clear consensus on the fact that intolerance in any form is just wrong. It is important to empathize with those you may not agree with. Put yourself in their shoes. See through their eyes. You never know what is going on in a person’s life, so don’t be quick to place judgment. Core values should be universal in the fact that we are all a part of the human race. We should strive to help one another. We should only wish for the betterment of one another.
Another observation that I would like to make, is how much the arts is doing to teach tolerance in our very intolerant world. I read a deeply moving story located here, http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-33-spring-2008/art-makes-all-things-better. A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center,”Teaching Tolerance” is an initiative to promote better understanding of other cultures through the study of the arts. I, once again, was very touched and impressed at how very universal art is. We can all enjoy a beautiful painting no matter where we’re from, what religion we practice, what color our skin is. We are all truly one people when it comes down to it. We just need to learn how to act like it.
I feel like there is no better way to conclude this little sermon than with a song by one of the most pro-peace musicians I’ve ever heard, Bob Marley. Really listen to the words in this song. He describes “One Love, One Heart.” We really should heed these words and make an effort to reach out to others. We are all much more alike than we realize.