Nineteen ninety-five was the United Nations “Year for Tolerance”.
Subsequent to this the UN established the International Day for Tolerance on November 16, 1996.
In the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance we read that “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.”
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Do you also love films? Well, who doesn’t. Everybody enjoys great films, great pictures, great film music, great stories – and of course great actors.
I’m not very film-savvy, but I know the difference between great acting talents and not so great ones. I see it and I feel it. I’m also very interested in theater productions – of all kinds, I must say. Maybe in a theater production you can see this difference even more intensified.
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Sometimes it’s difficult to explain what self-esteem means because the word “esteem” is rarely used as a daily word. Esteem has the same con-notion as respect. So self-esteem is the same as self-respect.
Self-respect means that you believe in your own integrity, in your own worth and dignity. The same definition you can give to self-esteem. Esteem means nothing else than integrity, worth and dignity.
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Charlie Chaplin may have been the ultimate cinematic comedian. In the last three quarters of a century his work lifted the spirits of countless people around the world.
But Chaplin was more than just a clown. His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to. He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.
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Making fun of others seems to be a sport for some people. Children learn that it’s ok to make fun of others because they see it on television each day.
Ridicule is the extreme end of making fun. Ridicule creates bad feelings for the people who are its target.
Expressing fun in this way has nothing to do with esteem.
Esteem never makes fun of people. Picture a personality toward whom you have the utmost respect. It could be a political leader, an athlete, a religious leader or someone in your family. It’s impossible to think of making fun of this person, isn’t it?
Esteem is a genuine expression of our respect toward people. Esteemful acts can be fun but always in a respectful way.
“Any person who in any way suffers because of hunger or suffers because of poverty — that affects me. We are in a world that is truly interconnected and we need to all realize that we play a role. No matter what we do, small or large, whether it’s dramatic or not — all contributes.”
These are the words of 66-year-old Lydia Pendley of Santa Fe, NM who has dedicated her life to helping others.
Her esteemful actions are based on her respect for the dignity of every human being and her desire to work for peace and justice in the world.
Lydia Pendley celebrated her last few birthdays a little different than most of us. She registered her party as an event on Stand Up Against Poverty Day. She asked her guests to make a donation instead of bringing gifts and collected more than $2,100.
Lydia Pendley has found her unique expression of giving esteem as a sign against poverty. Her dedication and esteemful actions encourages other people to follow her example and express esteem in a similar way.
There are moments in life when we come face to face with people who’ve suffered a disastrous situation. For some of us it may be difficult to act appropriately.
Lived esteem gives us the courage to help in ways that we are able during these difficult moments.
When we integrate esteem into our daily life we’re already used to living respect.
We already know how important it is to take care of other people and how much our solidarity encourages them.
With esteem we don’t look away when people are in distress.
It’s so easy to say that a high self-esteem shows that we respect ourselves. But what exactly does self-respect mean? Is there a way to develop self-respect in a healthy way?
There’s a simple step we can take to find out what self-respect means for us personally. Sometimes it takes looking at how we give respect.
Try to think of life moments when you offered respect in a positive way. What were these moments? What was it that touched you deeply enough to make you feel respect toward someone? As soon as you find out what evokes respect from within, you’ll know that adapting this same attitude will help develop your own self-respect.
Many people feel respect when they witness an unselfish act – such as helping without self-interest. When we embrace this attitude by doing the same we create self-respect.
The United Nations has designated October 5th as World Habitat Day.
The goal of World Habitat Day is to raise awareness about global housing situations and to remind us that everyone should have a safe and decent place to call home.
Expressing respect toward people includes ensuring housing for everyone. Shelter is as life-essential as having enough food and water.
When we want to give a sign of esteem toward people we can do it by being interested in their housing situation. You might be surprised to find out how many people in your community are without adequate housing.
Every big change starts with a small step. We can give esteem to World Habitat Day by being attentive toward the housing situation in our own neighborhood.
Today is World Animal Day, a day which we can join by giving esteem to animals.
World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world.
World Animal Day has four goals according to its mission statement:
- to celebrate animal life in all its forms
- to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
- to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives
- to acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives
All of these goals express esteem toward animals with respect and gratitude. Caring about animals includes having a pet as well as enjoying the wildlife around us.