"Unity in diversity" was adopted as the official motto of the European Union in 2000, referring to the uniqueness of each of the nations belonging to the EU as well as to the intention of all the nations belonging to the organization to forge a common identity. Very soon after its adoption, the motto was changed to "United in diversity." Each member of the EU expresses the motto in its own language.Continue Reading
In choosing the motto "Unity in diversity" or "United in diversity," the EU wanted to express the intention of the organization to work jointly for prosperity and peace throughout Europe while at the same time acknowledging that each member nation brings to the table its own unique traditions and language that help to form its individual identity as a country.
The Preamble to the EU's Constitutional Treaty sets out the meaning of the phrase by pointing out that while the citizens of each European nation are proud of their own nation's heritage, history and national identity, collectively they have decided to transcend the differences and divisions that have been at the heart of European conflicts through history to seek out a common destiny. While that common destiny is a goal of the EU, however, the call for "diversity" acknowledges a respect for the rights of each nation's citizens.Learn more about Social Sciences
The National Crime Prevention Council reports that it is important to tolerate diversity because it prevents discrimination and conflicts, enhances personal and professional relationships, promotes equality, allows people to learn from each other, enhances performance and develops a unified global society. People must embrace gender, ethnic, religious, political, social cultural and racial differences in order to enjoy the benefits of a diverse society.Full Answer >
Solutions to stereotyping include exposure to diversity, education on various social groups and awareness of the personal feelings and thoughts that affect actions and beliefs. People should also train their brains, disapprove stereotypes and seek media messages that are factual, realistic and positive.Full Answer >
Equality refers to fairness, and in particular to universal access (to employment or health care, for instance), whereas diversity is about recognizing and embracing differences within an institution, workforce or society. In this respect, the two concepts are somewhat at odds with each other, with one stressing homogeneity (sameness) and the other highlighting heterogeneity (difference). Even so, equality and diversity are very often used together, sometimes even interchangeably.Full Answer >
Geography affects lifestyles worldwide in varying ways, and it is one of the reasons for cultural diversity. A lot of what people are able to do in their region comes from geography, from building materials to crop cultivation.Full Answer >