This is the second in a two-part feature on tolerance. Tolerance is accepting the differences in others. These differences include: gender, race, culture, religion, ethnicity, etc. Be Unlimited supports tolerance and encourages all people to learn and demonstrate this behavior.
We began this two-part lesson by remembering Tyler Clementi. On September 22, 2010, he ended his life. Tyler was an eighteen-year-old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. It was soon learned that Tyler was the target of bullying because he was gay.
Tomorrow is the two-year anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death. Sadly, many teens are still committing suicide today for the same reason he did.
Creating a more tolerant society would benefit the lives of all people. Tolerance and respect go hand in hand. Respect is an important way of showing kindness to other people. Respect means not making fun of others. Respect means thinking of how somebody else feels. Respect is treating another person the same way you’d want to be treated yourself.
There are lots of ways to show respect. The opportunities are unlimited. Accepting other people as they are is one way. Even when a certain lifestyle does not fit your own, respect should be the minimum responsibility for all people to show one another.
You do not have to live as someone else does, but try to imagine yourself in their situation. Try to imagine the suffering that some people live with on a daily basis. If you are adding to this suffering in any way, then it’s time for you to make a change. The name Tyler Clementi (and the names of others like him) should not be forgotten. Think of them and remember that now is the time for tolerance.
Be good to yourself. Be good to other people.