Mortuary Musing
a mortuary science student's perspective on the study of the dead

Let's Practice Some Tolerance

Mohandas Gandhi once said, "It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty."

Some people in the world need to think before they speak. There are some people out there who believe their religion is the best religion. They might criticize or joke about another person's beliefs or culture. The truth is no one religion is better than another religion. No one culture is better than another culture. There can be debates and wars about this topic for ages without seeing any clear resolution.

We must learn how to respect other people's religions and cultures. Not only must we learn to respect it, but we also must learn to understand it as well. The United States is becoming more of a melting pot as more people from other cultures and backgrounds are moving to this country. Quite a few of these people are bringing their traditions with them. People who can not look pass their personal views and tolerate these other cultures and religions will slowly start to alienate and offend others.

This should be common sense, but unfortunately not everyone has common sense. Instead of prejudging other people's views or beliefs, try picking up a book and educating yourself about different religions or cultures. If you are not a book person then try having a conversation with somebody of a different faith or background. Do not watch the news or media--our country has a problem of demonizing other countries for our own selfish purposes. You won't make any progress that way.

People need to learn to practice tolerance and not make other individuals feel uncomfortable. This is advice not only for funeral directors, but for people in all fields. You won't be successful in life if you single out a certain group of people for being different from you. Another great quote from Gandhi is, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."


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