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Understanding In a world of many different opinions understanding one another is difficult but possible Maybe not always a full understanding but at least a partial understanding In order to reach this understanding people must first have a tolerance for one another Second they must experience what the other person is going through Last they must have the willingness to see another persons point of view In Alfred Lubranos essayBricklayers Boy an example of someone coming to an understanding of someone else is shown between Alfred and his father Tolerance of one another is needed for there to be understanding One must acknowledge that others might think differently about your opinions You dont have to agree with them but you cant force your opinions on others as right In Lubranos essay the father was a blue collar worker who had worked as a bricklayer for thirty years He promised himself that he would never let his son pile bricks and blocks into walls for a living Lubrano 465 When Lubrano completed college and took a job writing for a daily newspaper which paid a little more than bricklaying His father was outraged that his son didnt cash in on his multi-brick education But soon his father calms down and shows a little bit of toleration for his sons decision He states This is what he wants my father told my mother the day I left for Columbus in my grandfathers eleven-year-old gray Cadillac What are you gonna do 466 His father still does not agree with his sons decision but accepts that his son is doing what he thinks is right Lubrano goes on to say Eventually I moved on to a job in Cleveland on a paper my dad has heard of I think he looks on it as a sign of progress because he hasnt mentioned advertising for a while 467This shows us
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