In the past people wore their traditional clothes and followed their culture. These days, most people wear similar clothes and therefore look very similar to one another. Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Today, we do not belong to a big planet, Earth; we belong to a small global village. In this shrunken world, cultures have also come closer and as a result, people all over the world are dressing up in similar clothes and looking similar. This is largely a positive development.
On the positive side, people have become more tolerant of each other and accept each other much better. They feel that they are all connected even though there are different religions and ways of life. For example, the world felt the devastation when the tsunami disaster occurred. People from all over the world offered their support and sent money to help victims. Instead of saying that different parts of the world should deal with their problems, everyone made other countries’ problems their own. This shared belief of safety and happiness united people for comfort and relief. Every culture can agree on such beliefs. Moreover, the idea that the world is shrinking its differences and uniting makes us stronger and more capable of accomplishing anything.
Another positive aspect of this cultural exchange is that people all over the world accept the good points of each other’s culture, making them more aware of the good points of their own culture. For example, western clothing, jeans and T-shirts, is very comfortable and easy to manage. Therefore, people all over the world have adopted it. In the same way, we can see the inclination of many foreigners towards our cultural values and living style. Our holy books, ‘Geeta’ and ‘Ramayana’ have gone global. Yoga and meditation have gained worldwide popularity. Our Indian classical dances are being taught in Western countries and such classes are not monopolized by the Indian students; they have a diversity of students from all over the world.
On the negative side, some people feel that it is leading to a loss of global diversity and people are forgetting their own cultural and traditional values. This seems true at face value, but I still feel that some deep-rooted cultural differences can never be forgotten. Wearing similar clothes and accepting other people’s cultures can never make anyone completely aloof from one’s own culture.
To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that the worldwide similarity among people is largely a positive trend.