Being tolerant does not require me to agree with or believe in other worldviews. Toleration only requires me to allow those views their space.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind and can’t change the subject. And I’m not just talking about sports. Hard core fanatics are intolerant of any disagreement with, or deviation from, their view of the world. This applies to politics, religion, culture, or social issues. They have a way of sewing seeds of suspicion and hate toward anyone who is a threat to their opinion of the way they say things ought to be. Fanatics recruit for their cause by preying on the fears and apprehensions of others. They scream that any deviation must not be tolerated, “These deviants are a threat to our very way of life.”
Being INPowered challenges me to be curious about those views. Because I am confident in my own beliefs and identity, I want to see what I can learn from those who are different from me.
Change and diversity are life-giving processes. It’s the unusual, the unexpected, and the odd that surprise us, thrill us, and renew us.
The cross pollination of ideas comes from diversity. Sure, we find some comfort in sameness and predictability, but learning and growth come from stirring things up and living on the edge of the comfort zone instead of retreating to the safe room where no new experiences can penetrate. Intolerance leads to isolation. Tolerance leads to involvement. Intolerance breeds repression and annihilation. Tolerance breeds interaction, creativity, and life. INPowering leaders can integrate divergent viewpoints. They help filter the good, promising perspectives of disparate ideas toward new solutions that would not have been considered in the hate talk of intolerance.
We are hungry for INPowering leaders to step up and make a difference by bringing together those who are different. I’m sorry, but I have to say that today’s politicians spend more time pandering to constituent groups. They are, instead, following the lead of the fanatics who can scream the loudest. They are, instead, cowering to the intimidation of the intolerant. They are, instead, more concerned with preserving their place than leading us to a new and better place. They are non-inpowered and uninspiring. They (and I mean those of all political parties) neither speak to me, nor for me.
The INPowered, of their own will, take positive action to improve themselves so they can make things better for themselves and others.