Mar 262011

Question by Rob: What is the benefit of cultural diversity? Why has western civilization shifted to multiculturalism recently?
Im not making a judgement. I just fail to see the truth in the “strength in diversity” mantra. Perhaps one of you will help me see…
Tititata, I respect your religious belief (I am actually a christian but its slightly off-topic. Knowing the type online I am sure you will catch it for posting that.

Those are some good thoughts bizsmithy, and if no one posts better the 10 pts are yours.

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Answer by Tititita
I believe, that the benefit of cultural diversity is because people are always looking for something new. They want a change, and are trying to fulfill their emptiness that they feel in their heart. They do not know that only Jesus Christ is the only one called to fulfill that emptiness in our heart.

One way that drive them to this change is by trying and going through differents religions and belief. That is one of the reason that they want to know and to shift to a different multicurtural civilization. They are looking for the unknown God, without knowing that their truly God is very close to them, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not that they want a change. It is because they want and are trying to fulfill their emptiness in their heart. The way to do it is by trying some king of religion because they want to be happy. God give us happiness only through Jesus Christ. He is the only one that can fulfill our heart and then happiness will come to men. I do not know if this will answer your question. God bless you.

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  2 Responses to “What is the benefit of cultural diversity? Why has western civilization shifted to multiculturalism recently?”

  1. Everyone is benefited by their own culture, one way or another. In some cultures that americans learned about, we do see it as a hard life. Although those people may have a hard life, they may not think it, the way americans see it as.

  2. The government economic position on CULTURAL diversity (as opposed to racial or gender) is founded on what is called “population ecology”. The idea is that no one can really know what beliefs, knowledge, behaviors, norms or backgrounds will be most adaptive in the future. Moreover, we as individuals can’t change much of these factors very quickly if at all.
    So, a society with a huge variance of talent and perspectives will be more adaptive than one which is homogenous – where everyone is the same. This is because a changing environment in which the individuals can’t change will always select out individuals who are less adaptive and will favor those who fit the needs of the times. So, the nation with the biggest population with the most variation will out compete those whose societal members are relatively similar.
    The US’s seemingly perpetual economic success has been attributed to the diversity AND to placing its diverse population into productive activites which fit the specific individuals’ skills and talents better than any other country (Bernstein “The Birth of Plenty”). Other countries either have no mechanism, or they artificially channel people into future careers in early adolescence (Germany does this) rather than allowing people to self select their own paths.

    I think that many of the the “Strength of Diversity” mantra folks are really championing their own culture and really have little interest in others. A point seldom mentioned outside of group and organizational research is that diversity is better than homogeneity for coming up with adaptive ideas and behaviors. However, excessive diversity hinders action via lack of trust and inability to communicate (even if all members speak the same language).

    Reality is too complicated for mantras. I wish folks would avoid falling into their hypnotic allure.

    Peace and Best Regards all…

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