“The highest result of education is tolerance”
Helen Keller had it right. Education, whether formal or informal, allows you to better understand the world. So during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we paid a visit to the Museum of Tolerance in LA. There was a special exhibit highlighting the life of MLK and all that he did to advance civil rights for all peoples. He was truly a unique person who spearheaded the civil rights movement and thrust it onto the national and worldwide audience. The celebration and remembrance of his life is necessary and appropriate to understand where we have come from and how much further we need to progress.
I tend to believe that I am a fairly tolerant person. But this visit wasn’t to reassure myself of that. Rather, it was a refresher on why our society must be tolerant and understanding in order to overcome the evil and hate that is so predominant. We all play a major role in making that happen and it all starts at home. Prejudice is a learned response, whether it be from family, friends, or society. A child is not born with prejudice. I hope and pray that Zella grows up to remain tolerant of other people regardless of their race, color, gender, religious choice, or sexual orientation.