Every once in a while I have to remind myself that there may no longer be just “an American culture” but rather today we have both “American cultures” and “American Culture”.
Even more abstract, we may have “remote American cultures” (American’s living abroad) and those individuals that idealize the American culture (“Adopted Generlized American Culture“) and seek to emulate it’s generalized and stereotyped embodiment as a single culture.
So, yes, when we say “The American Culture” we may want to remain conscious of the fact that we are generalizing and stereotyping very large and diverse groups of people – groups of cultures within a single culture-umbrella.
This type of System made up of systems ideas may fall within the pattern of my proposal that every system sub-divides to adapt and evolve in search of diversity, innovation and survival.
This may also pose a notion that those that are worried about our “fragmentalized” society may be worried about a very natural process of cultural adaptation.
These individuals may also be in denial that we are not the same country we were 200 years ago – we have become a multi-cultural society. The very same sub-division and diversity has the potential to make our country “fit” for survival – but this won’t happen until we first come to terms with the realization that we have strenght in full diversity.
The idea of the melting pot as a single solution may be replaced by a more dynamic multiculturalism: one that melts and re-solidarizes dynamically as needed for the purpose of communication, and human connection within a variety of contexts and variables, goals etc.
This won’t happen until we realize that diversity is not just a skin color or an ethnic classification, (you can arguably have a racially and ethnically diverse group with other strong homogenous patterns, such as thinking models, concepts of value, belief networks, ethics, philosophies etc).
I am suggesting that when composing a diverse team we should aim towards getting a team where individuals don’t just look different from each other on a surface level but we need to go deeper into how they think. This type of diversity can only be detected by those who pay close attention as to how others process and transform information.
Full diversity may be composed of more complex collection of factors such as:
– diverse logic models, thought models, philosophies, ideologies, diverse modes of thinking
– skills, diverse problem solving methodologies, customs, rituals, etc
– diverse belief networks
– diverse concepts of value, etc.
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