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Day 38 – Q 3.The highest result of education is tolerance. Do you agree? Substantiate.

3. The highest result of education is tolerance. Do you agree? Substantiate. 

शिक्षा का उच्चतम परिणाम सहिष्णुता है। क्या आप सहमत हैं? पुष्टी करें।


The above mentioned quote is given by author-cum-activist Helen Keller. Tolerance refers to respect for others opinions, practices, views, race, religion etc. It is harmony in difference. According to golden mean principle of Aristotle, Tolerance would be the middle point of spectrum ranging from prohibition and acceptance.



Education here doesn’t simply imply receiving a degree certificate, but enhancing our knowledge, accepting arrogance, developing wisdom and virtues. This will help one realize the reality of the world and accept the diversity of thoughts and beliefs that exist in the world. This will in turn promote tolerance levels. Put in other Words, Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.

 The more education we receive the more we realise how much we do not know. This then becomes quite humbling. Uneducated are generally intolerant of others because they live “self-centered” lives. They simply do not possess to give them perspective of the actual facts. This can be seen in recent cases of mob lynching, honour killing etc.

The education that a person receives in his lifetime is not just from school, but also from his family, friends, society etc. The one who really takes pages of his experience and learning will develop knowledge. We learn to respect elders, opposite gender from our parents, our friends teach us how trust is build, and our society teaches us how to stay in harmony among diversity. Someone, who really takes all his learning seriously, would be called an educated mind. As A.P.J Abdul Kalam said “Learning gives you creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge and Knowledge makes you great”.

An educated mind always accepts diversity prevalent and entertains the thought/view of others with/without accepting it. Tolerance is not built within a day, but is gradual of all the learning and education that we receive. 

Individuals make up the society and tolerant individuals make up tolerant societies. Tolerant societies make conditions where individuals coexist peacefully and they exchange their ideas for their betterment.

India is the best example for tolerance, we have been following the principles of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family). The diversity in language, culture, religion, race etc is not hindrance for growth of the country. 


As Arthur C Clarke said “Civilization will reach maturity only when it learns to value diversity of character and idea”. We must always be ready to learn and respect the diversity and educate ourselves. The peaceful coexistence and mutual trust would promote humanity and development of nation.

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