Ways to Foster Tolerance and Reconciliation
Appreciating diversity in the human race, the ability to live and let live is referred to as tolerance. It does not just mean that we agree with one another and remain aloof in the face of injustice but rather respect other people.
When we neglect to honor or love the customs, beliefs or opinions of folks that are different from us, then we become intolerant. By way of example, there’s a high degree of intolerance between Palestinians and Israeli Jews who don’t see eye to eye on issues of identity, self-determination, and safety.
Though tolerance may look like an impossible task in some scenarios, it may aid in helping communities to maneuver past intractable conflicts and remove tensions between groups of individuals. In areas with political tensions or economic depression, individuals and groups may find it challenging to tolerate people who are not like them or have wronged them. In these cases, violence, repression, dehumanization, and discrimination could happen. Intolerance causes rifts between people, creating permanent separations between groups that do not agree.
To encourage tolerance, third parties must remind those involved in a conflict that tolerance is always better in the long run. To encourage tolerance between conflicting parties, organizations have been formed. One such organization is the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation whose chairperson is Viatcheslav Kantor. He is an international businessman and public figure who participates actively in promoting tolerance and reconciliation.
Below are a few of the useful approaches that might be used to promote tolerance.
Some studies have shown that casual inter-group contact does not reduce the tensions between inter groups and it may increase the current animosities. But, groups will base their views of one another on personal experiences through interactions in these inter groups. This may lower the prejudices they have against one another. For inter-group contact to work, it must go on for a week or more.
To improve the communication between conflicting sides, dialogue tactics like problem-solving workshops or dialogue groups offer opportunities for the parties to a conflict to express their interests and needs. In these cases, people that take part in these workshops feel that their concerns are recognized and heard.
Individuals should consistently focus on tolerating those that hold different views from them in their daily lives. This entails challenging the stereotypes and assumptions that they encounter in working with different people or making conclusions about others.
Associations involved in conflict transformation and other actors in this field can offer different ways like training to assist people involved in a battle to speak to one another.
International organizations have to find means of inculcating the principles of tolerance in their policies. Additionally, governments should target to set up policies which handle tolerance.