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Letter: Tolerance and inclusion

Robert Azzi’s “Religious traditions enriched by the presence of others” (Monitor Forum, Dec 11) was a well-written and timely piece. His sentiments mimic my own, and I am reminded of something the late Nelson Mandela wrote in his book, Long Walk to Freedom:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Whatever your beliefs, I hope you will exercise tolerance and inclusion this holiday season. Thank you, Mr. Azzi.

ANNIE SAMUELS

Concord

Hate is certainly a learned behavior as is Love. Once one opens their heart to be true to themselves they will see the truth. The truth is that without Love the world is a dark place. I choose Love.

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