Tolerance Through The Students

It seems as if my blogs up until this point have focused on tolerance within the demanding and changing society that we live in. I have focused on tolerance from a universal point of view. I thought that it would be interesting to write about tolerance from an average student’s perspective. The tolerance that a high school student must handle can sometimes be much more than one may think.

Being a senior in high school, you are at the point in which you have experienced all of the previous years and you know the ins and out of your school. You have met every type of personality and in some sense, have learned to put up with it. Throughout the high school years, you learn to become tolerant of those who seem to only care about being social, those who may always find themselves in the office, or those who always seem to be one uping you. It is very common to find y0urself changing your behavior around specific people. This is totally normal, it is only because it is your own personal way of being TOLERANT of that individual. You may think that tolerance is only for those people who you do not know on a great personal level. But, tolerance is also found everyday between the best of friends. With a relationship that close, you may find that there may be a competitive atmosphere ; a drive to be better than the other. But, with the act of tolerance, you are able to find that balance and support one another. Not only with your friends is tolerance needed, as your role of being a student, you must also be tolerant of the teachers and advisors that are there to teach and guide you. At times, it may seem that you do not want to listen to what they have to say or that you may already have it under control. But, if both tolerant and paitent, you will see that you will be able to learn about the different learning skills that you have.

They say that your high school years are your years of learning ; learning of tolerance. You may not notice it in the moment, but when you look back, you are able to see that you really did learn how to tolerate others and what they have to offer/what they believe is right and wrong.

Without the outlooks of others around you, you would not be able to understand a sense of what the outside world is like.

High school students are not the only students that wish to learn and seek out tolerance. It is clear that in today’s growing society, the younger generations are wishing to learn what tolerance means as well. But, the case is quite different for these younger children. Unlike high school students, they need the assistance of their parents in order for them to understand just exactly what this word means.

In the clip below, you will be able to see that the younger generation of students are attempting to reach out and wonder just exactly what tolerance is and what it entitles

We can see that these kids are beginning to expand their own knowledge of the world around them and are wanting to know what causes society to become one the way that we do.


Tolerance in the Courtroom

Throughout the world, there are many jobs that require tolerance in order to achieve greatness. When this first comes to mind, most people would think of the teaching profession. But, no one ever stops to think about the job of a lawyer. Lawyers need and display tolerance throughout the everyday work place. Whether they are presenting themselves in a courtrrom, or simply just at their desk reviewing a case, tolerance is highly needed.

Lawyers must be tolerant of more than what others may see. In order to bes tthe best they can be, lawyers must be tolerant of;

  • The client’s view/belief
  • The client’s actions
  • Society

The most crucial aspect that is mentioned on the list above is that lawyers must be tolerant of “Society’. At all times, the lawyer is being jusdge by their own personal client as well as the decisions and actions that they take in order to win a case. Especially with all of today’s new rules and regulations that are being presented, it is very easy that society may see a lawyer as breaking a law or simply going against what is considered “right”. The field of law is a major field under the eyes of society. In cases, people are worried as to what may seem wrong or right and what they are capable of doing that will make themselves seem like a better person.

We may not see it, but lawyers are showing tolerance everyday. In an actual courtroom setting, a lawyer must be tolerant of the judge, the plainttiff, the defendant, and all that they have to say. Even though it is a constant battle, every member of a specific case must be willing to hear what others have to say and take that into consideration when attempting to support themselves. Although everyone is trying to go against each other, fellow lawyers and judges are able to come to their ending conclusion based off of what someone may have stated before them. Lawyers are always working together and this would not be possible without the practice of tolerance.


Tolerance is not only shown through the use of literature but can also present itself throughout everyday life. In the average school setting, both the teachers and the students must be tolerant of one another, more than they may be aware of. Sadly, at times, some students may find themselves in a position in which they are not being tolerated and instead, are being put down for who they are. This common occurance can be referred to as bullying. Although schools around the nation are constantly making an effort to join ideas together to prevent such actions, it still occurs. When bullying occurs, everyone in the situation is showing exactly what it is like to NOT be tolerant of one another and what they may have to offer into the world and society.

The clip presented above is a trailer to a new and upcoming documentary titled “Bully”. This video’s main purpose is to aware the audience about just how far bullying can push someone. This tells of a real life story of a boy who eventually took his own life due to the pressure that others were placing on him. From watching this clip, you are able to see what happens when tolerance is not present and does not play a key role. This shows that in the end, our society lives off of tolerance and needs it in order to remain balanced and equal.

Tolerance of the Arts

Many people often view pieces of artwork and wonder what drives an artist to create such a piece. For some, the artwork may be motivated from a personal experience, a dream, a request, or even just pure imagination. No matter what the reason behind it may be, we must all be tolerant of the display. Often times people will stand in front of an artwork and state questions such as ” What is the purpose behind such creation?” or ” Who would ever think to create that?”.

It is through such creative artwork that our society is able to branch out and realize that because of everyone’s imagination and interesting mindsets, we are capable of gaining tolerance for one another.

Below are multiple pieces of artwork that to the average population, may seem rather different, but in reality, they are simply derived from the artists’ own personal beliefs and thoughts. Once understanding that artwork is just another way to express yourself, then you will realize that you are tolerant of what others may believe.

This self portrait at left is titled “Selfportrait without an Ear” by Vincent van Gogh. For years now, Van Gogh has always been known for his use of unique techniques. Obviously, this painting is inspired from a personal experience.  The aspect of this artwork that may have people questioning is the elongation of his neck. Viewers may see this and wonder what the need for such an exaggerated neck is. What matters in this selfportrait is that Van Gogh is attempting to portray his struggle that he experienced and bring the message across that he is aware of what he has done to himself.

This is an example of an artist bringing in emotions that may seem powerful or of great importance to him personally. The outside world should learn to be tolerant of such a crucial selfportrait and respect the fact that Van Gogh is so willing to present his deformity to the public eye.

This painting displayed to the right, is created by Pablo Picasso. Picasso is known for abstract paintings and constantly putting together the use of bright colors and different patterns.

To some, this may seem difficutl to understand, but it is clear that to Picasso, all of these colors and patterns made perfect sense.

Some may argue that such paintings were an expression of how his mind would function and how he would think about his own life while others may argue differntly. No matter what you may believe, we as a society must be able to understand that this is just another way for a well known artist to express what is on his mind and how he feels about his current stage in life.

Artwork alone has the ability to teach society a great amount about tolerance, accepting and respecting one another. Although the field of art is not meant for everyone, by simply just observing a piece of art are you able to learn alot about the artist and what they may have gone through throughout their life.

We All Must Be Tolerant Of The Artwork Around Us.

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?

Tolerance Through Intolerance

Sometimes the best way to understand the meaning of a word is to look at the opposite of it and the many opposing terms that may go along with it.  In this video clip from Characters Unite, we are able to see the specific things that certain people will not “stand for”. Not only do they mention intolerance, but they also mention words such as racism and prejudice. Although no one in this film mentions the word “tolerance” , you are able to see that tolerance is everything that is the exact opposite of what is presented in this film.

Tolerance is NOT:

  • racism
  • prejudice
  • discrimination
  • hate

Tolerance IS:

  • love
  • acceptance
  • equality
  • paitence
  • open – mindedness

The Beginnings of Tolerance


The word “tolerance” can be noted as one of the most crucial words within society today. In order to live and interact in a fair and civil society, one must be TOLERANT of others, TOLERANT of religions, and TOLERANT of race. The word itself and the actions that it brings forth holds the power to shape who we are as a person as well as where we stand within society and its judgments.

Formal Defintions:  

1. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

2. A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.

3. Interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one’s own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.

4. The act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.

5. Medicine/Medical, Immunology .

     a. The power of enduring or resisting the action of a drug, poison, etc.: a tolerance to antibiotics.

     b. The lack of or low levels of immune response to transplanted tissue or other foreign substance that is normally immunogenic.


The etymology of tolerance began in the early 15th century, “endurance, fortitude” from tolerans prp. Of tolerare “to bear, endure, tolerate”. Meaning “allowable amount of variation” dates from 1868; first recorded in 1875.


“ in the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher”

– Dalai Lama