Diversity is good for human relations

Prienderen Moodley By Prienderen Moodley, 22nd Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article looks at how people with different cultural as well as racial backgrounds can relate to each other with harmony and respect. It explores how these differences can actually enable us to learn more about human relations and makes for interesting conversations and interactions between the groups hereby teaching these diverse groups respect and tolerance.

Diversity is often the best teacher

In today's ever changing world, diversity is becoming increasingly pronounced and especially difficult to incorporate into the education field. It is here that learners get to know each other and gain a wealth of knowledge about the different cultures. The idea is for these learners to add the values of acceptance and tolerance to their character.
Having said this, it is not often that this theory is put into practise with little or no hassles. It is painfully obvious that even with the passing of time as well as tremendous amounts of effort there are still cultural and racial groups are victims of disrespect as well as abuse.

These groups are often made fun of and cast out of school projects as well as gatherings and other school activities. This creates division amongst the learners, and this division often leads to many conflicts which in turn forms a formidable barrier to learning. Even the learners who are against this casting out of cultural groups that the majority groups don't approve of, are reluctant to do anything about it as they fear that they themselves would become outcasts. Teenagers hate being left out of even the smallest activity because they fear that it is because they are being judged as not good enough to be included in the activities or because they are regarded as not being "cool enough".

Dealing with such division among learners is an extremely difficult task and requires unity among those in high authority as well as sufficient amount of tact and understanding. What we must realize is that one of the main reasons for these cast outs is that certain customs of especially the minority groups is not well known and thus regarded as either queer or just plain "lame". What I am saying here is that ignorance plays a huge part in the divsion of leaners. So the key thing here is to encourage learners to try to get to know various cultural and racial backgrounds so that they can understand these cultures and races. This will decrease the chances of these cultures being discriminated against. It is common for humans to regard something they don't understand as weird or something they wouldn't want to do or relate to or associate with. If learners don't learn tolerance and respect for other races and cultures in school then it is likely that they will take that same attitude into the world after finishing school and this may lead to physical conflict or discrimination against a colleague hereby risking job losses as well as restricting human relations.

Diversity teaches us many things, not least of which tolerance and respect. Tolerance and respect are both values (not morals) that need to be learnt by everyone, not just learners. No one wants to interact with people who disrespect them or have no tolerance for their culture, race, personality or thought patterns. Other cultures can teach us things like the value of parenthood, independence, brotherhood, the importance of religion. Certain customs from other cultures teach us the value of togetherness and fun like the tradition of tribal dancing. It is highly possible and even probable that two people from different cultural and racial backgrounds can meet, get to know each other, fall in love and create a family together. That, however, will not be possible if we don't learn to respect and tolerate each other.

Here are some of my other pages that you might be interested in:-

Do love, not drugs
Age is just a feeling
Victims of unfortunate circumstances
The essential guide to being a good parent

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