Permission to Change Your Mind

BEYOND TOLERANCE

Image: franckreporter via Huffington Post

Image: franckreporter via Huffington Post

Why Tolerance Won't Be Enough
by Taymullah Abdur-Rahman
Huffington Post


What do we need to lovingly co-exist across differences of race, religion, belief, background, or ability? Why is tolerance not enough? Abdur-Rahman suggests in this article that we need to add healthy doses of respect, experience with diversity, and empathy to our cultural models of tolerance and acceptance. He pushes us to see that “coexistence doesn't diminish one's religion, political lean or lifestyle at all. In fact it strengthens them.” He continues, “[Coexistence is] merely the ability to hold on to your core beliefs and rituals while acknowledging difference in a real-world situation. As a result you not only tolerate, but you make accommodations so that those who are different than you are able to retain their human dignity and comfort-level at all times.” How are you moving from tolerance to this kind of coexistence?

CHOOSING SIMPLICITY 

Image: Walden Pond State Reservation

Image: Walden Pond State Reservation

The Evolution of Simplicity
by David Brooks
The New York Times


David Brooks writes on today’s culture of simplicity, and he manages to honor the complexity and nuance of its evolution. His conclusion is perhaps the most useful of his musings. He writes: “In a world of rampant materialism and manifold opportunities, many people these days are apparently learning who they are by choosing what they can do without.” How do you relate to this movement to simplify? What can you do without? How does simplicity help you learn who you are?
 

REMOVING LABELS

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Image: Facebook

Video
by Prince EA
Facebook

 
Prince EA releases another of his inspirational videos that encourage us to think deeply about who we are. Are we the labels that we ourselves and others use to identify us? Or are we something more? He asks us all to ponder the question: “Who would you be if the world never gave you a label? Never gave you a box to check?” Check it out. How might you live without so many labels? Could dropping labels bring us more global peace, equity, justice, and solidarity?

OPEN TO CHANGE

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Image: brainpickings.org

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism, Tolerance, and Changing Your Mind 
by Maria Popova
brainpickings.org


Maria Popova posts yet another lovely reflection. This one explores the wisdom of Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm, in a recent interview with Paul Holdengräber for the New York Public Library series LIVE from the NYPL, discusses how critical discourse, tolerance, and changing thoughts play out in our society today. Gladwell suggests that we might contemplate how to engage these behaviors better. He promotes respect in our critiques, depth and discomfort in our tolerance, and evolution in our thinking. Read Popova’s summary and/or listen to the full interview here .