People of different cultures and places can each bring their own unique contribution to a group. With different experiences an beliefs, the group would be much stronger, than if it were made up of ONE culture with the SAME point of view, the SAME experience. This is why I think that cultural diversity is absolutely a strength.
Having knowledge base on other race, and cultural is an unique thing in this world.
People who don't like that should either move to another planet. Because the way i view this whole thing. We all live on this one planet, we can't split it in half. So no matter what happen we will always come together.
And life will be so boring, because every one will be so afraid to get out of their comfort zone. Getting to know a different way of life is a great thing. Only close minded people cant see the richness in that.
Too much diversity leads to fragmentation and subgroup isolation. Diversity lasting for a short time is good if eventually some level of common communication and integration is achieved. However I see everyday that maintaining a society in a fragmented and disconnected state for a long period is self defeating.
For example the United Stated have benefited from the influx of people from Europe, Africa and Asia, and the attraction of the American Pop culture has resulted in a good level of integration and the U.S. has become a powerful country. However the segregation in the American South had a negative impact on the American society until the end of segregation and the scars still survive.
The most powerful countries of this world such as South-Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Israel and China rely on a relatively homogenous society based on some commonly shared values.
Of course there are some old isolated societies that are not that successful. However, I can't find a highly diverse society in this world that has been diverse for many generations and can claim to be highly functional.
A society needs some brief periods of chaos to absorb new ideas and practices and develop a sense of itself, but I think that the society thrives when it eventually reaches a more stable state where its people share common values.
The past several presidents have all repeated the mantra that diversity is America's greatest strength. But cultural diversity in of itself is neutral at best. Homogeneous populations tend to have greater trust among neighbors. Societies with strict immigration policies like Japan tend to be healthy and cohesive. When given the chance, people in a diverse area self-segregate. Forced diversity programs create division and distrust in society.
Multicultural countries, historically, are always weaker than homogeneous ones (I reference the book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington). The more multicultural a country becomes, the more close it nears to collapse. This was certainly the case for the Ancient Roman Empire (to name just one example). Multicultural countries also tend to be mature societies in the sunset of their existence. I am not making a case for or against multiculturalism, but merely stating a consistent historical fact.
If Diversity is such a great thing, then why must people be forced to accept it? Healthy nations like Israel and Japan do NOT want diversity and they are very successful. How have these 2 countries suffered from lack of diversity? Answer, they haven't! In fact they have both benefited from the lack of diversity.
Fundamentally, cultural diversity comes with a need for redundancy. Examples: kosher food for Jews, no bacon around Muslims, milk for mostly Whites only. Land set aside for each religion's place of worship. Official communication must be done in multiple languages; signage must be bigger to accommodate. Groups that mutually believe the others must be annihilated. Multiculturalism is a tremendous burden.
The only area I know diversity benefits is the media: art, entertainment, etc. that appeals to different groups and captures different market demographics (which wouldn't exist in a homogenous society...).
Though, absolute genetic homogeneity is catastrophic: clones, or a highly conformist society that doesn't violate convention enough to invent or innovate.
If we ever get off this wet rock, it'll be despite diversity, not because of it.
Though I prefer to live in an environment with different people and cultural influences, that's really the only reason supporting cultural diversity. In no way does having people who come from different backgrounds strengthen a body of government. Looking at cultural diversity as a strength is a very collectivist point of view,and does not focus on what is much more important; the individual.
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