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English 101 Paper 2 - James Moffitt

English 101 Paper 2 - James Moffitt

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Essay on diversity
Essay on diversity

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(English & Journalism) – Assignment:
 
(Paper 2) 1(English & Journalism (ENG)): Week (6) – Assignment:
 
(Paper 2)(March 19, 2011)(James Moffitt) (431980)Student(Trident Technical College)
 
(English & Journalism) – Assignment:
 
(Paper 2) 2Living in South Carolina, I am a naturalized citizen who has roots in Germany. I liveamongst people who come from a diverse background much like my own. America consists of many different nationalities, religious and political viewpoints. Diversity is what makes usunique. If I want to live peaceably with my neighbors, then I must be tolerant of diversity.Tolerance of one’s diversity compared to intolerance can produce different results that affect usall. I think that the same diversity that makes us different, also keeps us from achieving universaltolerance. Religious intolerance is a perfect example of why universal tolerance is difficult.Before I start to analyze diversity and the need for tolerance, I must take the time toexplain what tolerance is. Tolerance, according to Derek Bok, is “a decent respect for the rightof people to have ideas, an obligation or at least a strong desirability of listening to different points of view and attempting to understand why they are held”. At dictionary.com, thefollowing is a definition about tolerance. The first definition statement is, “A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.” The following statement, from Dictionary.com, alsodefines tolerance. “A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices thatdiffer from one’s own.”Tolerance and intolerance directly affects how one feels about the following differencesin each person’s life. They include but are not limited to the following.
Race
Political views
Religious views
Culture
Opinions
 
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Life style choicesAs I look at the list, I can see that some of these categories will be easier to be tolerant of thanothers. Tolerance requires that we beat whatever obstacles may be in the way. The list abovecontains some of those obstacles.In the story “Of Universal Tolerance” by Voltaire, he examines religious intolerance. Hestates, “Listen to me, for the God of all these worlds has enlightened me. There are nine hundredmillion little ants like us on the earth, but my anthill alone is dear to God; all the others are asource of disgust to him for all eternity; mine alone will know happiness, and all others will beforever miserable.” When the author states this, it reminds me of how vast the universe is, and Icannot believe that planet earth is the only planet that has life.Voltaire also says “O schism-loving worshippers of a merciful God! If you have cruelhearts, if, while you adore him whose entire law consists of these words: “Love God and your neighbor,” you have buried this sacred and pure law under meaningless arguments andincomprehensible disputes.” This reminds me of what I see in my bible, in Matthew 22:36-40,where it says (36) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (37) “Jesusreplied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind”(38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39) “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (40) “All of the Law and the Prophets hang on these twocommandments.” I am to worship God with my all of my being, and I am to love my neighbor as myself. That means I am to love them, be tolerant of them, even if they do not believe in thesame God that I worship. If I love God, then he shows me how to love myself, and in turn, Ishould love my neighbor just as much as I love myself.

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