Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Learning Tolerance from Kids

If you've ever spent time with kids, you know that the things they say and do are genuine -- unfiltered and from the heart. (OK, sometimes that's good; sometimes that can be embarrassing!)

The good part of that is, because of their naturally open minds and hearts, they're eager to learn about new ideas and traditions.

Yeah -- we adults can learn a lot from kids.

For example, earlier in December, as both Christmas and Hanukkah approached, a group of Holocaust deniers were meeting in Tehran to spout hate for Jews and Israel. At the same time that was happening, I spent time with my niece and nephew, two Catholic kids, reading a book about Hanukkah.

Their openness to and respect for this unfamiliar religious tradition filled me with hope for the future. It was a good contrast to what was happening on the other side of the world -- a victory over closed minds and hate.
Please read more in my December 18th column on United Press International. And, as always, I'd love to read your thoughts and views.

Peace, and happy holidays to all!

2 comments:

RennyBA said...

In Norway we have a saying of that it is from drunk people and kids you actually get the trues. I'm not sure about the first one, but the second one matches your post.
Wishing you a Marry Christmas Bud:-)

DMunro said...

Renny-boy,

See, the truth is universal, yes?

I wish you peace for christmas & lots of cash of new year. now, if i said "lots of cash" for christmas, i think that baby Jesus would be pissed off at me, yes? LOL

Best to you from your american friend, and hoping we can meet someday! - Bud