#SoCS ~ Contrast

I am late, I am late for a very important date!¬† You are not the White Rabbit … you are J-Dub.¬† And you are not late because there are no rules.¬† Well … there are some rules but not any attendance policies.¬† To be sure, double-check me.¬† Here are the rules and ping back.¬† I encourage everyone to play along.

This idea has been percolating in my mind for a bit but I could not really produce the words until now. Stream of consciousness style so sit back and fasten your seatbelts, this might be a bumpy night.  I am all kick ass and channeling my inner Bette!

Acceptance, tolerance and embrace.  Are there differences?

I accept what I cannot change but I may not like what I am accepting.  Most people think acceptance is a good thing.  And I agree, in large part acceptance maybe a good thing yet acceptance can also be just a minimum standard.

According to Merriam Webster:

Definition of accepting

1:¬†able or willing to¬†accept¬†something or someone¬†:¬†inclined to regard something or someone with¬†acceptance¬†rather than with hostility or fear¬†‚ÄĒoften +¬†of

  • I had become more¬†accepting of¬†death as an inevitable and natural part of life ‚Ķ
2: tending to regard different types of people and ways of life with tolerance and acceptance


Stay with me here.  Tolerance.  Is that good?  To me, tolerate is to put up with something.  Again, something I may not like.  Merriam Webster agrees with me:

Definition of tolerate

1a : to allow to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradiction

1b : to put up with 

J-Dub did you even understand the prompt?  Where is your contrasting?

It is here!  Right now!

I say instead of acceptance and tolerance, how about we embody what it is to embrace?

Definition of embrace

1a : to clasp in the arms : hug
1b : cherish, love
2: encircle, enclose
3a : to take up especially readily or gladly 
3b : to avail oneself of : welcome 
4a : to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole 
4b : to be equal or equivalent to 
  • Charity¬†embraces¬†all acts that contribute to human welfare
Now! People!  Not tomorrow!  Start today!
The Golden Rule is much, much more than accept or tolerate.  Embrace diversity, embrace your fellow humans.  Understand that for the most part, we all want the same things.  Methods may vary sure but we are all in it together. And I will try not to twist my ankle jumping off my soap box. I am fin!
But, … I have to ask …¬†Can you dig it?
I knew that you could.
As always, more to come.