We’re told we should strive for tolerance. I don’t want to be tolerant—that’s setting the bar too low. The world tolerant means “to put up with.” Should I be satisfied with merely putting up with your race, your religious beliefs, your sexual orientation?
I may not be wise enough, and I’m certainly not untouched by familial and societal prejudices, but I want to do better than just tolerate your differences.
I’ll strive for acceptance.
- Me: [handing him bubble wrap] Here. De-stress.
- Him: No.
- Me: No, really! You can have it. Go!
- Him: NO. I don't do bubble wrap.
- Me: [awed voice] Ohmigod, what's WRONG with you?
I write this
As if any moment you might wonder
What I had to say
Or what I was thinking.
To love someone
Is to pay attention.
— Albert Einstein