Intolerance in the Workplace, Life and Beyond

There is so much more to America than what you'll see on the internet and in the news. It is a fact that the USA is a wonderful place to live, filled with great people from all over the world.

Many people have certain preconceived ideas and assumptions about different races, religions, cultures, genders and more. Hopefully the preconceived ideas will all be challenged and we welcome all people.

In the workplace the test for the leader is to challenge the bitterness of intolerance for reasons related to racial bias or other prejudices.

Intolerance also grows from differences in religious, economic setbacks and differences of opinion. Sometimes the hatred is so strong in the workplace, neighborhood and elsewhere until we try to destroy one another. I do not believe that was the reason we were put on this earth.

Do you know that if you have pandemonium in the workplace and a particular group is targeted, no one wins? Stop and think about what happens to performance of the worker(s) involved? What is the stress level of the targeted person and leader? Surely, they will take these negative feelings home and share with the family. In addition, when you stop by your favorite gathering place, the discussion will not be about the good things in life, but instead the negative. Now you have planted the seed for hatred in your children, friends and even on social media. This is the nexus for pointless combat. When animals are at combat they fight to the end. We see everyday, what happens to people who are degraded because of racial, economic, religious and cultural biases. Are not we more intelligent than the lion, wolf or other wild animals? Why are we creating enemies for the sake of hatred and intolerance?

In closing, a famous author said, “Our time on this earth is but a fleeting moment. Like a candle, we are lighted, shine for a moment and flicker out. Why can we not learn to so live during this brief earthly visit that when the Caravan called Death draws up and announces this visit is completed, we will be ready to fold our tents and silently follow out into the great unknown without fear and trembling.

I am hoping that I will find no Jews or Gentiles, Catholics or Protestants, Germans, Englishmen, or Frenchmen when I shall have crossed the bar to the other side. I am hoping that I will find there only human Souls, Brothers and Sisters all, unmarked by race, creed or color, for I shall want to be done with intolerance so I may rest in peace throughout eternity.”

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