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I was just having a discussion with my two teen daughters recently about the fact that I do not like the word tolerence when used in regards to how we feel about differeces with others. I have always thought acceptance was the more accurate term. Based on the definition you provided, Allophilia, is a better description of my truth: From Greek words meaning "liking or loving the other other," allophilia consists of five factors: comfort, kinship, affection, engagement, and enthusiasm. When we express allophilia in our relationship with people who are different from us, we are proactively engaged in supporting them. I also appreciated the analogies of the Garden and Balance Sheet. Thank you for helping raise consciousness on this subject.
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Jan 23, 2010