Human Division

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Though the ability to interact with a diverse community is becoming more and more seamless on a daily basis, our contact with other cultures does not come without barriers. We are able to have contact with people from all aspects of life and also with people from all over the world, however the ability to have contact does not automatically afford us the ability to understand or relate with one another. While we do have curiosity about people outside of our spectrum our curiosity is also tempered with a certain level of fear. The idea of the citizens of earth coming together in any sort of united front is one that is very daunting to many people for reasons so numerous it would be difficult to attempt to list them all. Human beings seem to be rooted in the mentality of competition; we have the desire as individuals and as groups to be on top, in order for someone to be on top someone else has to be on the bottom. The human tendency toward competition in some ways benefits us while in other ways it is our curse. Our increasing level of contact with other people and cultures is made possible by the mobility of our society as well as through many forms of media; the media has the power to influence cultural diversity in both positive and negative ways.

The issue of human competition is not a new one, since the dawn of time there have been instances of human contention and conflict. Franklin Foer talked about cultural division in America in his book How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization (2004); in this book Foer attempts to use soccer to illustrate the division between classes and political groups in America. An excerpt of his book reads:

“It [soccer] tapped into the conventional wisdom among yuppie pa...

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... on the bottom, it is also true that the top cannot be strong unless the bottom is also strong otherwise the whole structure will collapse. As humans we have to decide what we want to become of our civilization, do we want to be on the top of a crushed pile? Or do we want to be a part of a structurally sound and autonomous civilization.

Works Cited

Appiah, Kwame A. "Moral Disagreement." Green, Stuart and April Lidinsky. From Inquiry to Academic Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. 656-666. Print.

Foer, Franklin. "From How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization." Green, Stuart and April Lidinsky. From Inquiry to Academic Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. 636-648. Print.

Zayani, Mohamed. "Media, Cultural Diversity and Globalization: Challenges and Oppertunities." Journal of Cultural Diversity 18.2 (2011): 48-54. Print.
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