With the ever-changing world, there are numerous cases of cross-cultural marriages. Globalisation and modernisation play a great role in the increasing cases of cross-cultural marriages. Nevertheless, people have divergent views with regard to cross-cultural marriages. There are some people in support of cross-cultural marriages, while others are against with respective reasons. This paper intends to argue in support of cross-cultural marriages. It supports the fact that cross-cultural marriages are beneficial to the society.
Points for cross cultural marriages
To start with, cross-cultural marriage is beneficial in that it helps to bridge cultural gaps in the society. The phenomenon minimises the gap since people from various nationalities and cultures have a chance to understand one another in an objective manner. Additionally, when people understand other cultures apart from their own, they will be able to destroy any negative stereotypes they initially perceive concerning others. Additionally, when people understand other cultures, they will be able to understand and respect each other; hence, facilitating a peaceful world (Moreau, 2004).
Cross cultural marriages are also vital in the society as they enhance unity among different cultures in the society. This is significant because most of the wars or conflicts in the world today are due to ethnic, religious, tribal, and racial differences. These differences cause animosity because some people think that they are superior to others, and tend to discriminate on them. Therefore, when a couple constituting of varying cultural beliefs, customs, and values, they tend to accommodate and embrace each other’s cultural aspects. Cross-cultural marriages help to eradicate ethnic, tribal, and violence. Consequently, communities will grow change into a united society, united by beliefs and values; hence peaceful coexistence (Aswathappa, 2010).
Additionally, Romano (2008) maintains that cross cultural marriages are advantageous in the society as it helps in creating a multicultural where equity prevails among its members. This is because people tend to appreciate and understand each other. In turn, people will feel accepted and develop a sense of belonging in the society. Besides, when people feel part of the society, they tend to work hard; hence, a successful society.
As Clauss-Ehlers (2008) says, cross cultural marriages also help in the formulation of solutions to life problems. This is because it results in a society that embraces diversity, which in turn, allows various people collaborating in decision making process, business ventures, formulation of policies and programs. When people from different cultural backgrounds are involved in such activities, successful decision making, enforcement, and follow-up becomes effective.
What is more, Dominguez (2008) asserts that cross cultural marriages are critical in the society as they enable the society to adopt and cope with change successfully. This is because every cultural group has unique perspectives and strengths, which greatly benefit the whole society. The society needs a broad range of customs, ideas, and wisdom to enable addresses certain problems and enriches society life. Therefore, cross-cultural marriages bring different, fresh perspectives and deepen the understanding of specific issues in the society.
Points against cross cultural marriages
Despite the benefits discussed above, cross cultural marriages have their own share of drawbacks in the society. To start with, intermarriages cause culture shock among the people involved, hence, making life hard for them. The fact that each cultural community has its distinct beliefs and values, it is hard for people to coexist in the society. Some cultural groups feel more superior to others, and thus, discriminate upon others. Consequently, cross cultural marriages may cause more conflicts in the society (Clauss-Ehlers, 2008).
Secondly, Romano (2008) says that cross cultural marriages are not favourable in the society especially for the children resulting from the relationship. Everyone needs to belong to a certain cultural group that is unique from others in the world. This is because culture equips people with specific values, perspectives, customs, and language, which give one a sense of belonging and identity. In cross cultural marriages, children end up confused culturally because they do not know the right culture to adopt, or may just remain neutral. This is inappropriate as it robs them of their confidence and sense of identity in relation to their neighbours whose parents might share cultural backgrounds. It also makes it hard for people to communicate effectively because of language barrier, especially when both parties have no common language. Therefore, it should be discouraged in the society to make life easy for every member of the society (Thiagarajan, 2007).
With increasing modernization and globalisation, instances of marriages across cultures have considerably increased. Despite the few challenges associated with these marriages, there are several advantages it brings to the society. Some of the advantages include creation of a just and equitable society, reduction in ethnic, racial, and religious conflicts, and a peaceful coexistence. It also enhance effective decision making and problem solving in the society, as well as making people feel respected and understood in the society. Therefore, it is imperative that all societies embrace cross cultural marriages to enjoy these benefits.
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