Visual Tolerance


When we are angry at mankind

 Or rave at some depravity of mind

When we would curse behaviour of a kind

To argue, rather than to view benign It is with our own self we battle wage

When choosing not to understand, nor to engage

With that from which we isolate our self

With anger sent, to where, perhaps is needed help

Lest fearful, reason may just find the time

With tenderness, to enter in our mind. And so it is perhaps from loss of our own face

We are so quick to shout of their disgrace But we should not lose sight of our own sins

Though, in different colours dressed, appear they in For is not all, of nature in this life?
The good, the bad, together, love, and strife

As nature, this is how such things will be

So it is not how loud we shout, but what we see And seeing do, to help, to liberate

To free with tolerance, not shut the gate

That is How it should be

– Egal Bohen

From this poem above written by Egal Bohen, we can tell that he is trying to bring across the point that in the end, the world and society must be free of intolerance and must begin to accept tolerance. “We are so quick to shout of their disgrace ” is one of the most important lines within this poem. This line explains to us how the human population is constantly viewing others and always judging them no matter what the case may be. It is true, we are all so quick to “shout” out the flaws of others and because they may have flaws, we tend to allow ourselves to distance ourselfs from them because we may not want to be associated with them. Being so quick to judge and disrespect another individual is what causes our society to be so segregated at times. Although we may preach the idea of intregration and becoming one, are we really?

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  1. Colleen,
    The idea is to have YOU write and react to the word. I think the poem and the picture are excellent illustrations, but what do YOU think? How do YOU interpret? Why did you choose these….no credit until you can answer these questions.


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