Although there are still particular bubbles of society who are adamant about keeping to their own, many of us are open to the idea of making society more multicultural. This is something that has been happening over many years as people immigrate from their own countries and come to spend extended periods in another. Blending their culture with that of their new homeland can be troublesome, especially if the natives are resistant, yet many countries have seen countless benefits from having new residents from far away bring parts of their country to a new part of the world. Just look at some of the great things we have achieved by mixing up our society.
Something that can’t really be achieved from a great distance. It makes perfect sense that some practices in other cultures may seem alien to us, but if we only ever see them through a telescopic lens, they won’t become any more comprehendible. By living side by side with others we quickly learn they aren’t so strange and by engaging with those who were once foreigners we can start to grasp at the reasoning behind the things we previously were baffled by. Having a peace between others is good for us, our neighbours and the world as a whole.
Probably one of the most adored benefits of different cultures. If you aren’t convinced that making a society multicultural is a good thing just look at the food you eat in a week. Whether it be the native crops of somewhere with a much different climate to yours, or simply the staples of your weekly diet that have an origin far outside your own borders. The most popular restaurant chains in the world have a dynamic mix of cuisine that feature North and South American, Mexican, Italian, Japanese and more. You may be surprised at how little of your food originated from or is grown in your own country.
One way to get to know a group of new people is to join in with their festivities. People love to gather, party and get stuck into a theme regardless of age, creed or colour. Every culture, religion and country have a jovial time when it is customary to meet with others and let loose, many of these have traditional rules in what is eaten, worn or performed during these times too. There is probably no better time to dive into a different society than during its most social and joyous times, similarly this is a great opportunity to invite those who don’t celebrate into your own circle.
With different minds and different upbringings comes a much more diverse set of minds. Businesses who hire staff that are multicultural will often see a boost in creativity and new ideas. In the same way you would expect to get better results on a survey spread far and wide, rather than kept to a small town, people from further afield have a wonderfully varied perspective that can bring breakthrough ideas. Practices, norms and mindsets are vastly different from place to place which have afforded us helpful tools like meditation, yoga, new music and transport methods among endless others.