I would say that spirituality, in and of itself, doesn’t teach us anything, per se. It is, in a general sense, religious or secular, merely the name that we use to describe our relationship to a force that transcends humanity. So I don’t see how love factors in here, but I would contend that tolerance and respect don’t have a whole lot to do with spirituality, but instead they are in a similar domain as human rights, things all people are entitled to equally.
Allan Rae (alto)
This is an important and helpful distinction, alto.
Spirituality is essentially self-serving. Once you leave the insides of your mind, and whatever you do to foster “inner peace” the rest is window-dressing, either sold to you by way of indoctrination, or found on a sweaty mat in a hot room.
The distinction that tolerance and respect are in a similar domain as human rights should be the foundation of society, and not dictates controlled by a religion, ideology, or political system.
It’s far too easy for someone to appear nice up until they are confronted with someone whom they don’t believe to be deserving of their own “privilege” — which they would not see as such; they would see as their (most likely) god-given right.