In the country that represents a blend of cultural traditions, religions, and languages, it is vital to have a tolerant attitude to all kinds of diversity. People may have different languages, religions, or color of their skin. Nevertheless, they all belong to a human race. To live in harmony and peace, one should accept the diversity. This will expand the horizons and help perceive the ever-changing world without simplifying it. Success in the modern society mostly depends on the ability to appreciate, understand and cooperate with others, regardless of their origin, age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
To change the others, one should start with oneself. Tolerance is the skill that is mostly taught by example. The key to tolerance is respectful attitude which makes conflicts impossible. To make it easier for other people, one can offer them to read newspapers or watch the news from other places which are different from where they live. To be out of a comfort zone, one may dine out with friends at a different restaurant or café. In case one has friends of a different background, religion, age, or color of the skin, one may introduce him or her to other acquaintances and hang around with them. People will be astonished at how interesting it is to listen to other points of view. A fair society means that every person is treated the same way. There should be no prejudices on the basis of social or physical characteristics.
If I were to help kids embrace differences, I would answer all their questions honestly and openly. Besides, every person should be exposed to diversity at the earliest age. The toys, books, pictures or other things, that surround a child, should be different. If they reflect people of various backgrounds, ages, appearances, characters, genders, or abilities, the variety will break stereotypes. It is a good idea to invite people of different ages to home parties in order to develop the kids’ understanding of physical appearance of people of elderly age. Moreover, insecure children are more likely to put down others in order to feel more important and powerful. So, a good way to help kids value the things that make people different is to help them develop healthy self-identity. Dignity, respect and the same opportunities for everybody are the cornerstones of a balanced society. Everybody should understand that.
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