ESSAY QUESTION: Has the meaning of tolerance changed for the better or for the worse?
The general acceptance of the meaning of tolerance is about universal human rights, to
behave virtuous way towards other people and to respect othersâ€™ rights. Generally, experts
declare that the peopleâ€™s freedoms and rights end where the other peopleâ€™s freedoms and
rights start because to be tolerant requires being respectful othersâ€™ beliefs and not preventing
othersâ€™ freedom and their rights. According to this claim, while people sustain their lives, they
should think what their decisionsâ€™ and actionsâ€™ potential results because these decisions and
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Britain in 1979 children under 16 were mostly living with their two married parents. The figure
then was over 80% but by 1992, just over a decade later, the figure had fallen to under
70%.â€(p.136). However parentsâ€™ seperation, divorcement and cohibitation are not create impact
on family bond. Even if the parents get divorce, the family bond does not weaken because in
these days the families are more educated about raising children so that children can spend
equal time both mother and father, they are not affected vey much from the lack of
carelessness. Even if they are influenced, they overcome this problem easily. In other words,
most of time divorced familiesâ€™ children are healthier than other children who grown up with
married families because if parents always fight, the child is influenced directly. Eventhough,
some people say that the meaning of tolerance has shifted for the worse, effects of this change
is not like what people think. Because of eduction, families facilitate children to overcome the
problems which arise from divorcement and seperation and children are not affected so much
from this negativity.
The first area which is about understanding of tolerance is race. Racial problems occupy
the worldâ€™s media less than other problems today because peoplesâ€™ attitudes changed towards
these problems. They donâ€™t discriminate the other people by different norms. In the past,
people classified the other people by their race, if strangersâ€™ race was not the same with theirs,
their behaviour altered in a negative way immediately. They ostracize or torture the strangers.
Thus, some majorities tried to make the minorities their slaves and perpetrate genocide against
the minorities. However, today this attitude towards the other races shift, people start to live
with other races in peace. In peopleâ€™s new perspective everybody has equal rights by
laws. Different races live together they share the same status. For example, before 19th
century in the USA, the black peoples were living as slaves. They used to work for white people.
They did hard work and they could be bought and sold like an object. However after the
American Civil War, slaves gained their independence after a period of time they gain voting
right. The USA handled danger of division and became united country with both black and white
Sexuality is the other field that explains why the meaning of tolerance change for the
better. Until 10 years ago people thought only men liked women and women liked men. Even if
the opposite condition occured, they didnâ€™t accept it and also they ignored and punished the
homosexual people. However over 10 years later people changed their mentality toward the
homesexual people and respect individual rights of homesexuals. Some of countries allow gay
marriage such as Holland and Belgium. Some of them give a permission gays to join the army