Diversity refers to a wide variety of things or items. For example, a population could be diverse since people have different characteristics. Some of the aspects bringing diversity among people are ethnicity, cultural practices, abilities, gender and race among other factors (Lind, 2004). Aspects like multiculturalism have changed people’s way of life because the mixture of cultures has introduced new beliefs, attitude and perception towards various things. Diversity has many benefits towards people as well as negative effects, which have been evident in the society.
Diversity has enabled people to develop in many ways. When different people live in the same community, they exchange ideas and practices, which improve their lives. A clear example is the mixture of people in the countries of the world. People from developed countries have introduced new technology and better education in developing countries. Technology has assisted developing countries to improve their health care education, business as well as infrastructure. People from developed countries seem to appreciate cultures from developing countries.
The existence of diversity makes human beings interact and socialize with each other. Societies are made of people from different races who share many things. Sharing makes them get along, and it promotes harmony in the society. People have learnt the value of other people from different background, and this has brought cohesion. Education has enlightened people about humanity and racism is not as crucial an issue as it was during the years of 1900s. Although it is not fully eliminated, there is a vast improvement when compared to the previous years (Roughgarden, 2004).
Diversity has made the world a borderless society. This is mainly observed in doing business. The internet has enabled diverse people to do business and from all over the world. It is possible to market products, purchase or sell them online. Countries have created free markets and policies, which will attract foreign investors. Trading makes provision for diverse commodities where consumers can choose their preferred products. These products are part of basic requirements for people. Trading brought by diversity substantially contributes to the economy of the country.
According to Gannon and Pillai (2010), the benefits of diversity have made governments create policies forbidding discrimination of people in work places. Organizations are required to employ people according to their qualification and competence and not their personal background like race, gender or ethnicity. The same organizations have enjoyed the advantages of having diverse employees. Their diversity is directed towards achieving goals and objectives of the organization. For example, employees have diverse knowledge and abilities in various duties. Every employee will be given duties compatible with his or her knowledge for maximum productivity.
A community with diverse people encourages innovation and creativity. Since different people have different capabilities, they will come up with various ideas and thought, which will enhance the society. Innovation and creativity does not only enhance the society but also the country as a whole. It brings growth to the economy, which uplifts the living standards of the citizens. It also creates employment for the population of the country. Foreign investors are attracted by highly performing economies. It makes them assured they will be successful. Therefore, such an economy will attract more investors (Roughgarden, 2004).
As an individual, I have experienced both positive and negative experiences of diversity. Since I was a young child, I have been traveling frequently in many countries of the world. I acquired my education in school with diverse students. It was exciting to interact with students from different backgrounds and learn their cultures. The diverse cultures have are reflected in my current lifestyle. Sometimes I choose to dress in different cultures existing in the world. My diet is made of foods from various communities, especially where I have lived. I learnt about eating healthy meals by choosing nutritious foods eaten by people of dissimilar cultures.
I have lived in Japan for several years where I had virtual classes occasionally. The country is technologically advanced, and the students do not have to go to a physical classroom to learn. It is possible to use the internet and get lessons from the teacher (Gannon & Pillai, 2010). In other occasions, the lecturer used teleconferencing, and the lessons were effective. It was even possible to hold a study discussion with a classmate via social networks, through chatting. There was a time I needed help with an assignment. I requested my friend to assist me, and we communicated through Skype.
Some of the negative experiences I have gone through are discrimination and segregation because of my race and gender. In some countries, I was discriminated because of my color. Some people do not value diversity, and they think other foreign people are intruders of their society or country. Some think that too many foreigners will take over leadership in their country and rule them against their will. Such thought made me receive maltreatment from some people. They thought if they maltreat visitors and foreigners, they would be discouraged and return to their home countries.
Diversity is subject to negative behavior like crime, immorality and negligence of an individual’s culture. Since diverse people have different beliefs, practices and attitudes, some will engage in unacceptable behavior (Lind, 2004). For example, introduction of computer technology has affected young people by making them pornographic addicts. When I was a college student, my classmates retrieved pornographic clips from the internet and put them in their cell phones. If they think a teacher is boring, they could view them instead of listening to lessons. Other classmates were reported to commit offenses like stealing and other vices.
My parents and other close relatives were instrumental in supporting my cultural identity. They taught me the details of cultural practices and helped me to have a sense of belonging. As we traveled round the world and incorporated, other cultures in my life, I did not forget my cultures. It is sad when people abandon their valuable cultures and embrace others, which are less valuable. For instance, it is unacceptable for young people to abandon virtues of their cultures and embrace immoral practices shown by the media. Valuable cultures help people to coexist because they contain virtues like respect, honest and loyalty among others (Roughgarden, 2004).
I have a rich experience in diversity and I am capable of positively influencing a child through my experience. It is possible for me to help a child learn her identity and I could teach him or her about assorted aspects of his or her culture. Through my experience, I have learnt positive and negative effects of diversity. I will teach them to the child and emphasize the significance of maintaining his or her identify. It is beneficial to engage in diversity, but he or she must understand that identity brings the sense of belonging so it has to be maintained.
Diversity has made me learn a lot from my experiences, and it has played a role in my personality. However, I do not support the negative influences it has because they are misleading. Diversity helps people to coexist and accept each other in this world. It has played a significance role in reducing racism and other forms of discrimination. People should only take the positive impact and resist negative influence (Lind, 2004).
Gannon, M. J., & Pillai, R. (2010). Understanding global cultures: Metaphorical journeys through 29 nations, clusters of nations, continents, and diversity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Lind, R. A. (2004). Race, gender, media: Considering diversity across audiences, content, and producers. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.
Roughgarden, J. (2004). Evolution’s rainbow: Diversity, gender, and sexuality in nature and people. Berkeley: University of California Press.