Importance of tolerance in establishing peace in society


14 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behaviour you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you.

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and in every stage because it plays a vital role in establishing peace and love in all the units of society, from the smallest up to the highest.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner. Hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time honouring and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honour.

In an age where electronic media has drawn us closer together into what is called a global village, its benefits will only be felt when mutual goodness prevails, when mutual respect and understanding prevail.

In this age of globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions live together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony, the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

Loyalty is born from feelings of love and affection. At a personal level the feelings of love strengthens the feelings of loyalty. When a citizen loves his country, he exhibits loyalty and devotion and makes sacrifices for the sake of the nation.

If sentiments of love do not exist, then the spirit of sacrifice will not be formed. Unless a person loves another he can never have good feelings in his heart towards him, and he cannot faithfully fulfill the rights due to that person.

Lack of tolerance leads to violence, and finally it destroys the peace and security of society. When people fail in their arguments they become intolerant, and then they use force and aggression to support their point of view.

We have seen considerable incidents in recent times where, because of lack of tolerance, people have attacked people and places of worships of other communities and faiths. How nice it would be if everyone tries to express themselves with tolerance in a decent and respectful way.

The world is full of diversity, and that is the beauty of our universe. If there had not been any diversity, the world would appear boring and unattractive, and without any variety.

Media should play its due role in creating public awareness of the dangers of intolerance and help people understand the importance of tolerance.


Khairuzzaman, Dhaka.