Acceptance of others means respecting them as they are. It involves respecting their personality, lifestyle, religious beliefs, political and social opinions.
Still, this does not necessarily mean acceptances should be confused with agreement. Just because we accept something doesn’t mean we agree to it. It also does not mean accepting evil. It doesn’t mean accepting injustices against and oppression of any caste, race, religion, ethnicity or gender.
Recently non-acceptance and intolerance has been the root cause of many problems in the contemporary world. Most of our problems around the globe such as racism and bigotry can be solved through acceptance of others.
As Canadian-American psychotherapist and writer Nathaniel Branden explained, “The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
Acceptance is not a passive state, rather it is a positive force that helps us to grow, to be better. It helps us to face our fears and struggles and emerge victorious.
As American philosopher William James very eloquently put, “Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of misfortune.”
Artwork by ellehell
*As published in The Hindustan Times (Innervoice)