Living in a diverse community has become usual for most of us. Especially in big cities, people experience daily interactions with other people of different nationalities, ethnicities, religions, political and sexual preferences, etc. There are even certain countries—for example, the United States of America—which were compiled from mostly immigrants, thus are considered to be the most diverse ones. And, with many years of efficient co-living, many people of different cultural and social backgrounds will say that they enjoy the diversity. Yet, are there any downsides of it? As the saying goes, every medal has two sides.
Many examples from today’s world show the opposite effects of representatives of different social classes from those mentioned above. For instance, European countries have recently being struggling with a massive flow of refugees from the Middle East. From the first glance, one would not understand what the problem would be of people moving from one place to another. However, as it turned out, sometimes cultural differences play a big role in multicultural environments. As in this case, some refugees from the Middle East who decided to settle in Europe continued on practicing the principles and values of their countries within their new residential territories, and citizens were not always acceptable to those principles and values due to their drastically different cultural background and heritage.
When narrowing down the example to something less global, a similar conflict of interests can occur in a workplace or a study institution. People who are supposed to cooperate with each other might sometimes struggle with understanding and accepting one another due to their different views on certain things because of their cultural, ethnic, or social peculiarities. This might even result into a failure to complete the task or, worst-case scenario, in a personal conflict within the human resource department.
Differences always prompt challenges. The real question is, does it count as a downside? When conducting an in-depth analysis, one is more likely to argue that. Diversity is, indeed, a concept that hat requires a lot of effort, respect, and mutual understanding in order to make an environment function efficiently. It does not come easy, but it definitely pays back with personal growth, learning opportunities, wide range of experiences and many more other positive effects.
Living in a diverse community has become usual for most of us. Especially in big cities, people experience daily interactions with other people of different nationalities, ethnicities, religions, political and sexual preferences, etc.