Culture is a term that can be used to refer to habits, traditions, and beliefs of a group of people, ethnicity, or nation. Cultural conflicts began in prehistoric times, when tribes fought wars because of cultural divergences. When Europeans colonized several continents, these conflicts became the norm because different tribes were arranged in the same territory by the colonizers, meaning they were forced to live in the same geographic space. European colonizers themselves were part of the conflict because of their discrimination towards other civilizations.
Human nature makes it impossible to end cultural conflicts. A diverse and globalized society will have its hassles, but, some strategies can be used to reduce the effect of such conflicts. It’s important to note that trying to apply these strategies to real life is a difficult task and may have Utopian results.
Some may argue otherwise, but changes to cultural aspects of a society or human mentality must happen in a natural manner to reach peak effectiveness, thus requiring a lot of time to develop. Humans are resistant to change and tend to keep preconceived ideas, resulting in the ineffectiveness of forcing a differing culture.
Brazil, unlike the United States of America, is by nature favorable to the end of cultural conflicts. The reason for such thing is that Brazil has an unique national culture formed by Africans, Europeans, Asians, and natives. An important thing to remember is that the subcultures that formed the national culture are divided into regions, creating a big cultural mosaic, though the cultures may mix in some parts of the country such as the southeast, due to rural exodus and slavery. It’s important to note that people who have preconceived ideas or harmful behavior are far apart from the people they don’t like or disagree with. Though, this doesn’t solve problems like discrimination on social media and other means of communication, but it prevents violent attacks. Some regions have a mixed demographic, meaning that these people live close together and cultural conflicts might happen frequently. Cultural conflicts still happen and are associated to prejudice and racism, but these occur a lot less than in the past, when the culture was a lot more divided.
In some cases it may not be possible to create an identity due to the beliefs of a part of the population, similar to what happens in the United States of America. Extremist groups will remain active and can’t be converted easily. In this case, isolating these people from the rest of society is quicker than convincing them from leaving their detrimental heritage and behavior. This can be done by isolating the states that concentrate a large number of these groups or restricting the rights of the extremist groups, meaning these people won’t be able to access other parts of the country and affect the people they dislike. Yet effective, this measure can be considered a threat to freedom and be used against the wrong people.
The definitive strategy is to raise respectful people. Children need to be taught that respect is the most important thing to life, not only respecting other people’s cultures, but respecting every single aspect of life. Respecting nature, laws, authorities, rules and rights is a step towards a more peaceful society. Remember that everyone should contribute to this, so parents, teachers, elders, and relevant people such as artists and politicians must spread the message of respect.
Ending cultural conflicts and discrimination is impossible, but reducing its impact is possible. Differences make the world more interesting and contribute to the rise of humanity. Different cultures have different knowledge, and knowledge is worth more than a pot of gold. Preach the word of respect and you will be payed with peace and respect. Preach the word of prejudice and you will be payed with war and prejudice. Following these principles is the key to combating cultural conflicts. It will take long, but humanity will be rid of so many issues.