Many people have felt that they have not been accepted into society one way or another. In the 15th century, the Jewish people in Europe were treated unfairly because they had different beliefs and values than the Christians did. The Jewish were highly outnumbered and many were killed during this time, mostly for no reason at all. In the 19th and 20th century, First Nations kids were put into residential schools across Canada, where they were deprived of their own native culture. They had to learn a new language, they were not allowed to eat their own food, and were forced to act the way their captives wanted them to. During that time, many of the children were raped, beaten or left to starve to death. Even in today’s society people get made fun of everyday because of what they wear, who they hang out with, or what they like to do outside of school. Acceptance by definition is a person, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it. Since Canada is such a diverse country, there are a lot of people with different backgrounds and ethnicities that practice different kind of religions. Some people are unaccepting of religions other than their own because they don’t understand it, or simply because they think that their religion is superior over the others. If we all keep an open mind about other religions and other aspects in society, it will help us better understand other’s beliefs and values and maybe even find similarities between them. As J.K Rowling said, “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
Tuesday April 1st 2014
Let us begin with the sign of our faith:
Lord, help us to see and to know things for what they really are. Help us to allow and understand things as they are, even if we wish for them to be different. Help teach us the value of acceptance, and by accepting things the way they are, we acknowledge that hold...
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