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Harmony in difference

18.11.2016

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According to UNESCO's Declaration, tolerance involves respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.

In the light of economic and social pressures, tolerance is today often put to the test, along with the complex attitudes of society towards immigrants, foreigners and refugees. In a way, foreigners are holding up a mirror to our society, which can make us feel discomfort or even fear. We feel fear because their presence can cause us to re-examine our way of life. Fear can only be overcome by raising awareness, learning and creating a tolerant atmosphere in our society, as was emphasised by Prime Minister Cerar upon the International Day for Tolerance.

Tolerance is not synonymous with appeasement, kindness or indulgence; rather, it is an active attitude which promotes the recognition of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others, as stated by the Slovenian Prime Minister in his message. Or, as written in the Declaration, “tolerance is harmony in difference”.

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