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Unity Through Diversity: An Oxymoron?  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 853 times:

One simple question:

How can we achieve a harmonious, homogenous society while simultaneously embracing scores of "different" tongues, cultures, personalities, etc.?

Aren't these two conflicting concepts?

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User currently offlineSEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 838 times:

Yep.

Signed, SEVEN_FIFTY7.



User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 835 times:

Yes, Race relations are a sensitive thing in Singapore, where 77% of the nation is Chinese, 15% is Malay(all Muslim) and 7% Indian.

And when i was in school we would have Racial Harmony Day and there would be "Unity through diversity" slogans everywhere. And ever since i was 13, I've always thought it was a rather strange phrase, since unity and diversity are exact opposites of each other!

And ever since Sept 11 and the arrest of suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in Singapore (who all happened to be, erm, Malay and Muslim) the issue of Race relations has been played up even more.

The govt highlighted Halal foodcourts as a way the different races can integrate. And the press started playing up stories on how halal food courts are mushrooming throughout the country and how now non muslims and muslims can mingle and have meals together! I think that's a joke.

Chinese food is full of pork and I couldn't possibly imagine eating a nice delicious chinese meal without any pork. But now in the name of racial harmony I am expected to forgo that and eat at halal foodcourts? That certainly isn't unity through diversity. It's the exact opposite, if you ask me.



User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 831 times:

excellent post docpepz.

Unfortunately diversity and unity do not go hand in hand. They never will, but most of will pretend they do ...  Insane



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User currently offlineDavid B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 820 times:

Well, because thats what america is all about. You and your parents were different too. BTW: Why are you complaining? What type of "homogenous society" would you like?


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21418 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 813 times:

Matt D: How can we achieve a harmonious, homogenous society while simultaneously embracing scores of "different" tongues, cultures, personalities, etc.? Aren't these two conflicting concepts?

No.

Harmony and homogenity are two distinct concepts. You can be united and still be different. I don´t need to be like you in order to cooperate and live with you.

Just as an example: Men and women are certainly very different; But still marriages can work...  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 811 times:

David, I don't sense anyone wants that kind of homogenous society; their just questioning the expression. I suspect they are saying 'Unity through Diversity' is not very accurate and that it should be more 'Unity despite Diversity'. The reason is, a diverse society doesn't automatically make the society united. In fact, it poses more challenges to get there. No one is saying (so far) that diversity is bad. They're just saying it doesn't achieve what the phrase suggests.


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User currently offlineBruno From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 853 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 791 times:

How can we achieve a harmonious, homogenous society while simultaneously embracing scores of "different" tongues .......?


Matt D, dirty thoughts came to mind. That can be a very good thing.  Acting devilish



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