Everyone has difference beliefs and lifestyles, makes different decisions. We are not all the same. And thank goodness for that.
I hang out online a lot. There’s lots of opinions and ideas and beliefs, which is great. Mostly everyone is understanding and gets along well. But every so often I read something with a lot of intolerance behind it and I wonder why it wasn’t expressed with more tolerance and understanding.
Intead of- If you aren’t watching the news coverage right now, why the hell not? (in the case of a natural catastrophe) Why not- The new coverage is fascinating, who’s watching?
Instead of- Why would anybody buy life insurance for their children? That’s morbid. Ask- Can anyone tell me the advantage of buying life insurance for kids?
Instead of- A blog with 2 sidebars is an eyesore. Maybe just hold your tongue.
I don’t feel good when I have to defend myself and my decisions, what I like and choose. I don’t want to make anyone feel like that. Looking down your nose at someone else’s life with your words is showing your ignorance. And that’s not pretty. ???
I am by no means an example in tolerance. My mouth fires words off before I have thought better of them and I realize I’ve said something very judgemental. I feel like a heel. No doubt whoever was on the receiving end feels awful.
I want to be curious and empathetic and supportive. I want to learn why and how others live. I want to learn what it might be like to walk in their shoes a little ways.
Let’s be more tolerant together. Who’s with me?
P.S. Life insurance for children is super cheap. We opted to buy both our kids a whole life policy so when they need life insurance it will be paid and they won’t have to spend obscene amounts of money on coverage. It’s my experience that when you are starting a family there are lots to spend your few dollars on, we thought we could get this covered for them.