, Founder Tolerance for Peace
The United States - the original melting pot - was built on the ideals of acceptance and freedoms. Our Constitution gives each and every one of us, because we are Americans, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nowhere in this Constitution does it have an asterisk or a footnote specifying who this does and does not apply to. Our Constitution is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. Our belief that everyone in this country has the right to practice whatever religion we choose, or practice none at all should we choose, is what sets us apart from most of the rest of the world. Our belief that every person is created equal and shares the rights that every other person does in this country sets us apart from most of the rest of the world. These rights and privileges are what make our country what it is. Intolerance is a result of ignorance and fear. Some people fear what they don't know, and rather than educating themselves on that which they do not know, they choose ignorance and hate as the path of least resistance. We as human beings do not like to experience fear as it makes us feel weak and out of control. This, in turn, makes us feel bad about ourselves and/or our lives. It is far easier to hate something or someone we fear as then we feel more in control and are relieved of the responsibility of educating ourselves. Additionally, sometimes people momentarily feel better about themselves and their lives when they sit in judgement of others. In the long run, however, people tend to feel worse about themselves, which keeps the circle of hate and ignorance going.
So, the bottom line would seem to be that if we can spend our time and energy focused on making ourselves feel good about our own lives, i.e., live and let live, and not in judgement of others, we would all be happier individuals, making for a happier and more peaceful society, as a whole. After all, as much as we may disagree and sit in judgement of someone else's life, ultimately we have very little control over someone else's actions or attitudes. We do, however, have complete control over our own attitudes and actions. If everyone took responsibility to live their own best lives think of what we could accomplish. We do not have to like or agree with someone else's lifestyle, belief systems, choices. The way someone else decides to live their life affects us very little unless we let it affect us. So, let's focus on being tolerant, with peace being the goal. ----Proactive positivity----
When you wear my jewelry or shirts think of them as symbols of hope - as a reminder of what is really important in this one and only life we live, and as a symbol of solidarity in the pursuit of peace. We can do it. We can teach our selves and our children by being the best example we can be. Live the idea of tolerance in the ultimate pursuit of happiness and peace. We all deserve it.