Multiculturalism, like almost every other topic, has its good and bad sides to it. It is almost impossible to find a place in this world (especially the more famous and popular places) where there is only two or less cultures. The free world that we live in gives us the option to openly change locations which has plenty of benefits but some cons as well. While some might be delivering great value to our lives, some other are a potential thread and we should be aware of the risks. Here is some information about the pros and cons of multiculturalism.
List of Pros of Multiculturalism
1. Probably the biggest advantage of multinational society is the diversification. Different nations under one “roof” means that the experience you will gain is unmatched, especially in your own country. Different people will give you different opinions, knowledge, points of view, solutions and of course – cultures. Your daily meal will have a big change as well – yes, while the fast foods are everywhere and they taste the same, a real night out (or in) with new friends will show you meals you have never tried before (or you can show them some of your weirdest, traditional foods from your homeland).
2. Learning a new language – just like with the food you can start having fun with words and if you decide that you like the whole language – invest time in mastering it – there are not many more interesting things in our lives than learning a new language.
List of Cons of Multiculturalism
1. The same differences in cultures can bring up some cons as well when we talk about different societies. While some might be a great value in our lives, some other are a bit more less positive. Usually the problems here are economical and political – when big masses are changing locations, they bring everything from the homeland with them and the natives are not fond of that.
2. The language barrier (in the beginning mostly) can be a big trouble maker. Some natives are even concerned that the newcomers can change the way their language sound in the near future. Some people are firmly standing behind the statement that there are cultures impossible to co-exist together – too many differences that are hard to overlook and if such a situation is brought up in real life, everyone stays firm in their position – accidents happen.
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