The Power of Tolerance

Hello. My name is Peter Campbell and I am the provisional Managing Director and CEO of the Caribbean East Atlantic Company. In addition to overseeing the business and social functions of the C.E.A.C. it is the job that I have designated for myself to present a political vision for the company once it is formally registered by November 1st 2013. I hope that one day this company will lead a united Caribbean Diaspora and a united Caribbean. To make this possible we must begin as we wish to continue, that is, on a path with a vision which unites our own people and connects us constructively with other peoples of the world. My watch word for this month is tolerance and the pragmatism of tolerance. We all know what tolerance means; a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from our own. I learnt about pragmatism in philosophy back in my time at the University of the West Indies. Pragmatism is a philosophical concept which emphasizes practicality of thought and the usefulness of ideas. There are no permanent friends or enemies. There are only permanent interests. If we as a community of countries and a community of individuals are to be successful then we must learn to first understand and permit other people to live and by that token demand the right to be understood...

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