As we grow up, we learn that Canada values and promotes multi-cultural aspects in its society. People emphasize the word, “Diversity” rather than “Difference”. How do you exactly define difference and how do you explain diversity?
Difference: a point or way in which people or things are not the same.
Diversity: a range of different things
Note that diversity is defined with the word “different”. Perhaps, it is true. Diversity involves “different” things as they are not the same. In Canada, we witness multi-cultural, a diverse culture coexisting in one community and incredibly that is what defines Canada now.
Through multiculturalism, Canada has shown that multiculturalism encourages racial and ethnic harmony and cross-cultural understanding. Amongst Canadians, mutual respect has naturally developed as fundamentals to help others to integrate into the Canadian society. Out of mutual respect, Canadians accept a new culture and harmonize into an existing one hence making it more diverse.
Quite recently, we have witnessed the existence of extremists who attempts to break that harmony in Canada (Surprisingly, in Waterloo). We’ve been hearing a lot of terrifying stories about ISIS. Just like any other terrorist groups, ISIS has slaughtered innocent people to force their ideology into others. Certainly, they showed their attitudes on “difference”. Instead of creating a balance and harmony that comes from mutual respect, this group chose violence and force to dominate others with their beliefs.
Actions taken by Kevin Mohamed were certainly disrespectful and showed no intentions to harmonize diversity in our society. Some might say that the RCMP may have taken a “strong” preventative action however the fact that no one can predict what can happen allows the officials to take such actions in advance.
However, this sort of incidents shall not break the harmony that exists in our society. We can’t start accusing people with their last names similar to Kevin’s or people who travelled to Turkey. Maybe this could be ISIS’s strategy to break our walls down so they can break the mutual respect we share among us and instead plant distrust.
Hence a debatable question to ask ourselves is: To what extent should we draw the appropriate line between embracing difference and diversity?