While countries used to be united by commonalities - a common culture, religion, or even ethnicity - immigration and globalization have created blended societies, ones that are culturally heterogeneous. Increasingly, this diversity of culture is being celebrated, rather than focusing on assimilating. Does cultural heterogeneity benefit society? And at what—if any—cost?
Yes, multiculturalism allows for a melting pot of culturesShow moreShow less
People become more exposed to other cultures and are therefore introduced to unique knowledge, traditions, habits, and ways of life.
If each society were homogeneous in its culture, people would never be exposed to other traditions. When heterogeneity is introduced in a society, people witness differences between their own culture and others. This inspires an appreciation for one's own culture, an interest and curiosity to learn about others, and a powerful social dynamic of group interaction.
If "melting pot' actually referred to food, society would be the pot and various cultures would be the ingredients added into the pot. Like any good soup/stew, a variety of ingredients allows for the best taste. Each ingredient (culture) is unique and special on its own, but when combined with others, can create a meal (society) that is masterful.
Cultures can appreciate and learn from one another when interaction occurs. The contrast between various traditions allows for greater pride and identification with a person's heritage. The recognition of uniqueness underlines the foundation for a lively and dynamic community.
This argument rests upon the fact that humankind tends to be supportive, accepting, and appreciatory towards differences. This is a positive, optimistic outlook.
[P1] Different cultures pique the interests of others.
[P2] The dynamic that multiculturalism adds is a positive force.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P2] People most often reject what is foreign to them, resulting in distress.