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Culture does not make people. People make culture.

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people. Almost every cultural tradition anywhere in the world developed a suit of characteristics that permitted its unique identification. It's ability to transmit essential knowledge to later generations is one of the unique advantages that humans have over other species. But where different cultures were once separated by geography and national boundaries, today the digital age has blurred those same boundaries. If people are raised within the same culture, it tends to connect people due to traditional and beliefs. This includes many social do's and don'ts. It is why many people stay within a smaller group for much of their lives. Exploring other cultures does not mean letting go of values or meaning of the culture you are part of but can help show why some social concepts were developed within your culture and let you decide if something may need to change or remain as it is within your own culture. In any culture there is a majority and many minorities. Culture is a set of norms that set standards for a society of what is acceptable behavior.

Globalization, immigration, and modern mass media has made us all aware of cultural differences between people of different nationalities, ethnicities and religions. People from different cultures have come close to each other due to globalisation. People from diverse cultures bring language skills, new ways of thinking, creative solutions to difficult problems and negotiating skills. Teams and companies that make diversity a priority offer perspectives and learning opportunities. An increase in innovation and creativity among a culturally diverse group can create a feeling of positive progress that benefit of the group and the organization. Cultural diversity is regarded as positive where there are effective social institutions that encourage not just harmony but also tolerance.

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