Living in a Multicultural Society
Many societies and countries in this world have become multicultural. A multicultural society (multiculturalism) is defined as ‘Where a variety of many different cultural/ethnic groups live together within the same society.’ (A Multicultural Society, minds.org). In a multicultural society, there is no official culture. ‘Big cities such as London, New York, Paris, Berlin are called cosmopolitans because of the many nationalities and people with different colour.’ (A Multicultural Society, minds.org). Fiji itself is a multicultural country. There are many advantages and disadvantages of living in a multicultural society. Also, people who do live in multicultural societies, face many challenges.
Living in multicultural societies has its benefits and advantages. ‘Through multiculturalism, we have opened our minds and have had the opportunity to learn about many different things.’ (Social Issues, Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiculturalism, essayclub.com). People living in multicultural societies interact with each other and they learn from each other. They get to know each other’s cultures, traditions, beliefs, languages, ideas and lifestyles. This can happen at schools as well since students of different cultures may attend the same school. By doing this, they understand each other and accept each other. ‘Experiencing and understanding different cultures is the first part of acceptance.’ (A Multicultural Society, minds.org).
Furthermore, ‘Multiculturalism is seen by its supporters as a fairer system that allows people to truly express who they are within a society, that is more tolerant and that adapts better to social issues.’ (Guardian.co.uk, Guardian. 2010-03-22). Adults and kids share their personal experiences, their way of lifestyles and how they celebrate things. They express themselves and learn about their friends’ experiences. For example, an Indian Boy can tell his Fijian friend about how they celebrate...
As the time spent on travel between countries has become markedly shorter with the introduction of newer and faster means of transportation, the number of people migrating from one country to another has iany multicultural increased dramatically. A multicultural society can be defined as a society or group of people from various backgrounds and ethics. In determining whether a multicultural society has more advantages or disadvantages, both sides of the argument need to be examined. These arguments include tolerance and respect and cultural exchange.
In any multicultural society, the degree of tolerance and respect plays an important role in dtermining whether a muticultural society is an advantage or otherwise. The presence of tolerance in a society amongst members of different backgrounds and ethics can ensure a stable political situation as well as a stable economy, as members of the society do not merely respect each other but also value peace amongst themselves. This enables the society itself to cultivate friendship amongst members of different cultures and helps the country grow and prosper. However, no society is perfect in addition there is the temptation of greed and selfishness.
The lack of tolerance within a multicultural society undeniably brings disadvantages to society. The differnces in culture amongst members of the society are among the main reasons why many wars commence. Society becomes oppressed or even rebellious in an effort to `claim back’ the rights which they deem to be theirs but have perceivably been lost. The commencement of wars or even minor hostilities resulting from a lack of respect can brinmg about disastrous results to the country and the society itself. Thus, a multicultural society is a disadvantage if tolerance and respect is absent from its members.
On the other hand, a multicultural society may promote an exchange of culture and this inevitably enriches a person as new approaches and conducts to experience may be garnered. The various approaches and conduct towards a method, problem or experience can help a person to make a better decision as well as open mind to the different ways available to conduct or commence a problem or even way of life. It can be seen that in this instance, a multicultural society is an advantage and not a disadvantage.
In conclusion, it can be stated that the advantages of a multicultural society outweigh the disadvantages because of tolerance amongst the members of the society and the inhabition of cultural exchange. Therefore, a multicultural society should be encouraged rather that regarded as a barrier to promote peace as peace is obtainable if members of the society are willing to practice tolerance and respect.