This is something that I truly preach! If someone is not negatively impacting your life in any shape, way or form then you have no say in they way that they chose to live (well not really a choice in the matter of race). For instance, the relationship between two homosexual men does not threaten my existence on this earth so who am I to comment on their happiness? We should all be tolerant of each other as we all at the end of the day are comprised of the same internal and external organs, pump the same blood, breath the same air, and make up the human race.
I think this comment is particularly appropriate since the world is participating in the winter Olympics. Our society is greatly concerned with winning and we often neglect the benefits of cooperation. However, it is important to note that even if we compete with each other, it's necessary to get along with one another at the end of the day. This can also be illustrated in the Olympics; although a U.S. team member may lose, she can still be happy for the success of her fellow U.S. competitors.
The Olympics is a coming together of representatives from countries all across the world. It is intended to use athletic competition as a way of bringing countries together and celebrating the world we live in. It is a time of acceptance. Not a time of hatred or discrimination. All countries--especially the host country--are asked to recognize and accept all types of cultures, races, orientations, and ways of life. Bach is 100% accurate. People can live in harmony with one another as long as they are willing to look at themselves in the mirror and realize that the world is bigger than just themselves. The Olympics is a test of tolerance, but humans must rise above themselves and begin to look at the world as a single unit.
I agree with the fact that we should work to live and, in this case, compete together in tolerance. Tolerance and approval are two different things. I understand a person having different moral convictions than another, but choosing to tolerate and accept an individual and their life choices, does not necessarily mean that you approve of them. At the same time, I do not believe the Olympics served to unite athletes across nation. Or, at least, if athlete were united, I do not believe that nations were. There was consistent reporting through American media of all of the failures of Sochi and Russia, which were so intense that they were (arguably) well-deserved. But alongside this criticism, them was constant coverage on the medal count/race particularly between Russia and the U.S. American media basically only covered sport stat the U.S. participated in and/or medaled in. If we were to be truly united on a global scale, I would like to think American media would help celebrate victories of all athletes, regardless of their nationality.
I think this quote is important for the business world, because a person needs to be able to be tolerant in order to be successful. I believe that being able to coexist with a competitor will lead to more productive communication rather than becoming hostile and discriminating against them. Communicating with a competitor can lead to beneficial results while creating a hostile environment most likely only create more problems.
I believe this statement should be broadcasted throughout the world. Too often we find ourselves focused on competing with each other in order to achieve our own personal goals, which more often than not have communal benefits. With this as a universal imperative, progression can be made and discrimination eradicated.