Norman Lear was featured on the CBS news magazine “Sunday Morning” today. He delivers a powerful message, tolerance.
The creator of Archie Bunker, Lear strives to expose the fear of bigotry, that the bigot is fearful of change, change he, or she doesn’t understand, and the need to be careful that we don’t become bigoted of the bigot. Huh?
I spend a lot of time talking to people about politics, social issues, religion and all of those things you’re not supposed to talk about in polite society. But, I think that’s the only way you really understand people, how you break down walls. Impolite as it may seem, this exercise gives me perspective to understand.
Bigotry isn’t just about race, but religion, science, environmental issues, age, ideas and more. Really, how could there be global warming? It was cold yesterday. How could he know anything? He's only 10 years old. My God is the one. Your's is not.
Those of us “enlightened” people need to also understand the bigotry of intolerance of the bigot, and their ideas. They have ideas, too. And, they believe their ideas are right, sometimes very right. Huh?
Now, exactly what does that mean?
It means we must embrace the consideration of ALL ideas. That means we must talk to people with whom we disagree. We must consider why they think the way they think and find a way to understand their circumstances. Maybe they have a reason to think in a way that defies reason to us. Huh?
To dismiss the ideas of someone with whom we disagree, no matter how wrong they are, might make us....... intolerant. Huh?