Swami Vivekananda’s Speech
120 years ago, in his speech, Swami Vivekananda brought in the concept of “tolerance” among religions. It was a 458 word speech that lasted just 6 minutes but ushered in a fresh breath of air then.
Call to Respect
Swami Vivekananda in his speech at Chicago conference of world religion in 1893 spoke eloquently of the existence of the other thoughts, the plurality and how we innately need to respect others and accept others as our innate ethos.
“As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so O Lord, the different paths which men take through their different tendencies, various though they appear crooked or straight, all lead to thee.”
With this effort, we should now bring back into dialogue, the need to respect the other.
The Downward Slide
In the last 100 years, Tolerance has now come down to Tolerate.
A tolerant society will be destroyed by its tolerance to intolerance. So from Tolerance, Tolerate, we should move to Respect.
– Dr. D.K. Hari & Dr. D.K. Hema Hari