This has occurred to me recently after a few incidents which highlighted this topic in my own life. I feel that people not having the same belief systems is hardly a reason to dislike each other or not want anything to do with each other. We do not have to agree with each other in order to work together to achieve positive things. I try to remain neutral as much as possible but there are certain things that I will not budge my opinion or conclusions about. That doesn’t mean that I won’t want anything to do with someone who believes in something or has a lifestyle that conflicts with my views. I’m not hugely keen on abortions. I couldn’t have one myself but I wouldn’t be awful towards someone who had made the choice to have one. Even if someone had committed murder I wouldn’t judge because there is always a reason for everything that happens. Of course, I wouldn’t be openly supportive of their choices to them because it would feel wrong to me.
Personal preferences shouldn’t have any basis on the decision of friendships or relationships. I’m surprised just how many people I’ve met who are very cagey about being open about their beliefs and aspects of their lives. I have never been like that. I have regretted telling others things about myself because I’ve got judged but I’ve realised the level of intolerance out there is getting out of control. The rise of the internet hasn’t helped. The mentality of ‘I’m going to troll anyone who doesn’t share my views’ on social networks like Twitter is wide spread. I messaged a troll back about an offensive post they posted about an autistic earlier today. I said that they were an intolerant prick (or something along them lines) and they just replied saying thank you. I then told them it wasn’t a compliment. It’s gone silent since then. However, I could not read something like that under a hashtag and not pull them up on it. They are entitled to their opinion but that was verging on hate speech/bullying.
I dislike intolerance of any kind. I feel that it is fine to disagree with one another but we should never be horrible or rejecting of each other because of a difference of beliefs or opinions. Even if someone has made a choice which is against another persons strongly held beliefs then it should not be a reason to be intolerant towards them. I have strongly held beliefs that I hold but do not negatively judge others for not living their lives the way that I personally do. There is a lot of division currently between groups within society. That is turning into hate and intolerance and is being fuelled by anger caused by our differences. It needs to stop because it doesn’t help those of us with mental health issues caused by things that have happened in our lives. This is one step that we can all make to treat the affects of mental illness.