Itis necessary for the community and human services paraprofessionalsto understand the need of understanding the cultural diversity anddifferences between the individuals (Woodside& McClam, 2014).It would ensure that the paraprofessional recognize and appreciatethe individual differences and use them to make their work moreinteresting (Morrison,2013).Understanding the individual differences informs the decision-makingtechniques and the choice of evaluation tools (Woodside& McClam, 2014).This study analyzes the observations that I made in several actives,characterized by profound levels of diversity in cultural practicesand settings. These experiences include attending a mosque which isdifferent from my denomination that is Christianity, an interviewwith a foreigner, a film analysis, and participation in an unfamiliarcultural event.
Myvisit to the mosque was an overwhelming task. The experience provedthat the Muslims observed a slightly different practice to that ofthe Christians. The church congregation sits on decorated comfortablebenches, but in the mosque, the Muslims stood in neat, straight linesand settled on their mats (Morrison,2013).The Muslim were social than the Christians in the rate ofinteraction. However, the religion seemed ingrained in genderinequality. I learned that the women were not advised to attend theservices (Woodside& McClam, 2014).They also exaggerated personal hygiene by bathing before entering themosque and taking off the shoes. The mosque seemed to be acomfortable and welcoming place. There were many similarities in thedoctrine of the Muslims with that of the Christians. For instance,the Bible and the Quran have a lot of similar texts. The visit mademe change my perception that Muslims and Christians are entirelydifferent religions. Each religious sector is a reflection of theother section in many ways (Morrison,2013).
Ihad another experience interviewing an immigrant. The personindicated that he migrated into the nation to chase after his dreamsand was living the life he had always wanted. This opinion aboutoneself is entirely different with that among many residents who viewtheir life as a deadbeat. He stated that the cultural differences ofthe nation with those from his native home taught him a lot. Myinteraction with the man was quite inspiring. From the discussion, Irealized that cultural diversity might be a sound basis for successthan conflict among individuals (Woodside& McClam, 2014).The experience changed my perspective that my culture is superior byindicating that there is strength in diversity.
Iviewed a film titled “Schindler`s List." it depicted how thedisrespect of diversity can result in torture and exploitation ofsome individuals. The Jewish characters try to impress the Germans sothat they are not transported for extermination. The setting of thestory is during the World War II in Krakow (Morrison,2013).The film taught me that having perceptions about the superiority ofan individual culture may lead to catastrophic results as depicted bythe decision of the Germans to exterminate the Jews (Woodside& McClam, 2014).
Ihappened to attend the Indian cultural show where I learned a greatdeal of the Indian practices. The Indians are social and muchconcerned with the societal than individual progress, which isdifferent from the U.S., where capitalism is prioritized (Morrison,2013).The Indians managed to conserve their cultural practices such as themode of dressing and social processes. I learned that no particularculture is superior to another (Morrison,2013).
Diversitycreates beauty among the people (Woodside& McClam, 2014).It is necessary for the human service providers to understand theimportance of observing and respecting cultural difference among theindividuals. Different cultural setting such as Indians and otherforeign societies make it fun to interact as learns many new ideasand aspects (Woodside& McClam, 2014).The religious sectors do not exhibit much difference. Films may be asource of good information such as the video “Schindler`s List. “
Morrison,K. (2013). Understanding Diversity: Lessons Learned the HardWay. Journalof Border Educational Research, 5(1).
Woodside,M. R., & McClam, T. (2014). Anintroduction to the human services.Cengage Learning.