In trying to define my beliefs, there is a single quote that sums it up perfectly.
By liberalism I don’t mean the creed of any party or any century. I mean a generosity of spirit, a tolerance of others, an attempt to comprehend otherness, a commitment to the rule of law, a high ideal of the worth and dignity of man, a repugnance of authoritarianism and a love of freedom.
Alan Paton, South African author of Cry, the Beloved Country, 1953
Whilst I try and apply these principles in daily life, I’m far from perfect and tolerance isn’t always easy and is certainly not universally deserving.