Our world has become a place of incredible diversity – a rich tapestry of culture that permeates all aspects of our lives. It gives us possibilities beyond representation, enlarges our view of the world around us, and gives us a sense of worldliness that previous generations lacked. It also brings with it certain problem groups where, for example, cultural, social, and economic differences can lead to misunderstandings.
Increasing globalization of the world means more interactions between people of different cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds than ever before. People no longer live and work on island markets. Today you are part of a global economy with competition from almost every continent. For this reason, organizations need to promote diversity to be more creative and more open to change.
Recognizing social and cultural differences and fighting intercultural misunderstanding are important issues. In our daily lives, it is impossible for us to only deal with people who have similar characters, backgrounds, and ideas to us. We connect with lots of different people every day. They are our customers and colleagues, and we must recognize and accept their rights to their own beliefs and customs and, where possible, consider our differences and disabilities if we are to interact with them in harmony.
We have learned to accept and truly adopt certain cultural aspects of the people we come into contact with. This can be seen in the food, the style of furniture and the houses we buy, as well as in our choice of cars.