Change the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance (UNESCO, 16 November 1995)

Change the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance (UNESCO, 16 November 1995)

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Rashid Sukhov started this petition to UNESCO

The concept of tolerance (taking a broad-minded view of others’ opinions and beliefs, from the Latin tolerantia, or endurance) was devised by racists and other unenlightened people.

The world is organized in such a way that it requires variety in order to exist, and it is the combination of this variety that creates all the imaginable and unimaginable shades of life:

-The three primary colors – blue, red, and green – when combined produce an array of hundreds of millions of shades;

-The four basic temperaments – choleric, melancholic, sanguine, and phlegmatic – when combined produce the planet’s 7 billion people. The different races combine to define what we now call humankind;

-The laws of physics – the law of gravity, the law of conservation of energy – combine to give us the world as we know it and to which we have adapted.

Thus, tolerance is an imprecise and even harmful concept.

See how polite this sounds: “I am tolerant of others’ opinions,” “I am tolerant of others’ skin color,” “I am tolerant of others’ religion.”

But see how stupid this sounds: “I am tolerant of the color blue,” “I am tolerant of the law of gravity.”

Instead of tolerance, the correct word is awareness.

-I am aware that the law of gravity is an integral part of the general laws of nature. I have to adapt to this law in order to survive and grow.

-I am aware that the color blue (and the colors green and red) are an integral part of the color palette. I have to accept this as truth.

-I am aware that other people’s skin color, religion, personality, manners, and ethnicity are an integral part of humankind and its development.

These things will always exist, whether or not I am tolerant of them.

I can only choose to be aware of them and accept them as truth.

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