By Jean Ricot Dormeus
Rwanda and the world learned a harrowing lesson in 1994 when a genocide occurred in this country causing over a million deaths, up to a quarter million rapes, and countless injured. In the aftermath of such a tragedy, Rwanda has embarked on an ambitious justice and reconciliation process led by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission. That process aimed at bringing back peace and acceptance in society. The value of acceptance has become evident as a path to rebuilding the nation and avoiding conflicts and war.
To prevent similar violence in our families, communities and countries, we must make it second nature to accept every human being without trying to give them a makeover. This level of acceptance reflects love which works as a healing principle. Differences in appearance, habits, and beliefs enrich our human experience. We should appreciate them unless they reach a level that is harmful and unacceptable.
Megan Bruneau wrote, “Acceptance can be practiced in all areas of your life… This doesn’t mean you necessarily endorse whatever it is that you’re accepting; rather, you recognize that you can’t change the current nature of this exact moment, and acceptance helps to manage anxiety and keep calm.”
Accepting other people implies recognizing the dignity of human nature. Thus, we acknowledge that we have more in common than we may think. In fact, we are the primary beneficiaries when we treat others as we would like them to treat us. Acceptance and fair treatment build us better networks and enhance our well-being. Brian Tracy considered them as a gift, saying, “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”
Let’s accept and honor the dignity of every human being, regardless of differences and cultural bias. Nothing else can hold a candle to our shared humanity.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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