The world continues to grow daily, in terms of population and culture. Technological advancements, communication, and travel also bring us closer together than we’ve ever experienced before. With so many opportunities to engage with all sorts of people, cultural awareness has become more important than before.
Culture says a lot about every one of us, as it defines who we are. In addition, it shapes the way we interact. If we are culturally aware, it allows us to build meaningful connections, while at the same time improving our sense of self.
Let’s look at why it’s so important to be more culturally aware.
It Makes Us Global Citizens
When you learn how to appreciate and respect those who are different, it helps to break down cultural barriers and build bridges.
Understanding more about yourself and your culture helps you learn how to relate to those from different cultural backgrounds.
It Helps to Create a Homogenous and Inclusive Workplace
In the workplace, you’ll likely meet people from very diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, their opinions and beliefs may conflict with company values.
When cultural awareness is embraced in the workplace it helps you recognize how cultural differences often influence perceptions and allows you to be more accommodating of those different opinions.
It Helps Us Appreciate Our Differences
Culture is a great way to explore our planet. You can learn a lot about different cultures when you travel. However, you can immerse yourself in new cultures in other ways. For example, taking part in community events, such as Hispanic Heritage Month. Events like these introduce new ideologies, different types of global music, new foods, folklore stories, and foreign films.
It’s Linked to an Awareness of Self
Self-awareness is very closely linked to cultural awareness. When you know yourself well it means you can relate better to other people.
It Influences Communication
You can control what you say and how you say it, but you can’t control other people’s interpretations. Knowing that others may interpret your words differently will make you look for ways to communicate empathically and effectively.
It Increases Cultural Diversity
As a society, we should encourage people from diverse cultures to unite and celebrate their differences and similarities.
We are all unique individuals, so rather than generalizing, treat everyone you meet as an individual and celebrate their strengths, dreams, and desires.