This was a very interesting assignment. I asked many of my friends, family, and colleagues to answer the two questions and received lots of feedback. When I asked the questions it was interesting to find that many of them were a little nervous to answer for fear of sounding ‘silly” or “stupid”. I realized that even in those responses, there was the answer to the questions I posed because when they finally answered them; I found most people had the same ideas about culture and diversity. With this in mind, I told them to answer the questions with their own definition and not to look to the dictionary for the answers. The results I gathered were fascinating.
Everyone had the same sentiments concerning culture. They may have expressed them in different ways, but everyone concluded that culture had to do with traditions, customs, practices (some religious others having to do with region), and most often norms and values were mentioned. Some believed culture to be fluid and not stagnant. That culture, although the basis remains the same, its extensions are flexible and kind infuse and become new and refreshed.
Diversity was pretty much the same; many people had the same idea, just different ways of explaining it. Diversity is thought to be the existence of subcultures and has a lot to do with race, ethnicity, and ideas that allow the world to have its “personality”. It is believed by interviewees that diversity goes beyond people, but that diversity is all about differences and acceptance.
I was very intrigued by the answers I received. From ages 19- 60’s, everyone have a shared idea of culture and diversity. Each person touched on all aspects of culture we have discussed and learned about thus far. I was pretty impressed by the answers I received. Everyone had the overall idea of culture and diversity superseding what is seen, although it is necessary to acknowledge those tangible things in order to understand and appreciate each concept. It was an eye-opening experience and I felt proud to know that the people I choose to surround myself with value others’ cultures and the world’s diversity.