Cultural Diversity

What it means to be culturally diverse

June 21, 2016

She has a right to her privacy and to divulge nothing about her personal life to me.

But I have the distinct and pleasurable suspicion that, like me, she is culturally diverse. If she is entirely unhappy with this affirmation, she will, at some stage call upon me to never mention her again, or simply perform an edit of the work I am doing for her. But I am also positive in my affirmation that none of this will happen. After all, readers here are not privy to her name, her line of work, her religion or culture.

She may well be a second-language native English speaker. I say this because part of my work for her entails writing in a ghosting capacity on her behalf. Whatever she alludes to in terms of her interests and thoughts for the day, I simply follow her lead and endeavor to be as creative with my own thoughts and words as possible. All in all, I am happy to tell you that the fruits of my labor up until quite recently, have been a resounding success. I never needed to peer into a crystal ball or read tarot cards to decipher what she had in mind.

I think all of this has been possible owing to me being culturally diverse as well. But what does it essentially mean to be culturally diverse anyway? Following the best practice and good habits of my aforementioned client, the rest of this post’s explanation is inhered from original thoughts and ideas, based on personal experience. The concretization of my own thoughts here, however, would not have been possible without the dedication I expressed during my studies for the degree in Languages and Literature which, incidentally, also included a course called Cultural Diversity.

My understanding of what it means to be culturally diverse is simple, and I am sure that most of you will agree with my analogy and thoughtful expression. It is extremely unlikely that those of you who may disagree even form a minority in terms of reading traffic here. Because if you have feelings of hate and prejudice towards those who are different from you in every which way, you won’t be here and would have sadly found forums elsewhere to vent your unwarranted spleen.

I say this is sad, because it is wholly unnecessary and entirely unpractical. It leads you nowhere and you isolate yourself even more from the global cultural village in which, like it or not, you are now living. Being culturally diverse does not mean that you are of different cultural persuasions per se.

Whether you are not in this scenario, matters not. For instance, your mother may have been from Middle America and your father may have been African before he passed on. But, when you yourself had long decided to settle down in Middle America, you still regarded yourself as a Hawaiian, partly because you regard it as an important part of your cultural heritage.

Also, it helps to know that through no fault of your own, because you were growing up, you spent your life as a nomad, living in different parts of the world as your mother tried to make her own way in the world and provide you with a great future. Something tells me that she did a good job because you now have one of the most important jobs in the world. And to date, you have done well in spite of all the challenges, mainly to do with those who antagonized against your inherent belief in the need to be as culturally tolerant, at least, as possible.

I may have not had such an awesomely cultural upbringing as you did, Mr. Obama, but I still regard myself as being culturally diverse. Even as far back as my sheltered childhood, to all intents and purposes necessary and well-meant, I noticed different things about people. And as I grew up, in good times and in bad, I came to realize that no matter how difficult this was, it was better to have an open mind towards other who were different from me and especially when I wholly disagreed with their way of life.

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