And people wonder why a unified Europe is a challenge?
As we know, the U.S. began with groups of people with diverse cultural backgrounds. They had to congregate, communicate and work together for the establishment of the nation or it wouldn’t have worked. Key principles like commonality, community, and keeping the vision on the future helped bridge this cultural diversity and allow people to co-exist. In a way, Europe grapples with this cross cultural challenge today. And ironically, now, the U.S. finds itself seeking a workable model of pluralism.
Pluralism, or the “salad bowl” model instead of the “melting pot”, may work better, if like Europe, we’re open to accepting and talking about cultural difference as being special and positive. Perhaps, in turn, Europe could also learn from the U.S. and focus a bit more on common goals and a little less on cultural difference.