Preserving Cultural Identity
The protection of cultural identities allows human beings to preserve their heritage and inform people of other different cultures from diverse areas of the world. Through cultural identity, people can have a rough sense of self and their association with other people. Cultural pluralism refers to the acceptance and coexistence of a smaller and foreign culture within a larger cultural identity. The intended outcome of stressing on cultural identity is to acknowledge the significance of a common national identity and the importance of ethnic, social and cultural diversity. It is imperative for communities to entrench the mentioned tenets of culture in their lifestyles and practices as they define the identity of a people. Conversely, cultural pluralism promotes coexistence and flourishing of the minor civilization by providing an opportunity for unrestricted expression, practice and embracing of all society. By allowing different and unique cultures to co-exist without any conflict, cultural pluralism and awareness of identity, together contribute toward creating a global community characterized by unity amid different mores.
The United States is a perfect example of how cultural pluralism has succeeded in fusing together people from different backgrounds, cultures and locations into one unified nation. In the United States, the strong element of nationalism stems from the willingness of dominant cultures such as the English and Canadians to pave the way for the less prominent ones to express themselves on an equal platform. Through this coexistence, the United States has managed to forge a tightly knit society that can be mistaken for one diversified culture. Cultural identity has a large influence on the wellbeing of a community. Relating with a certain culture assists people in feeling that they are part of a society. A time-honored cultural identity is closely associated with optimistic results in sectors such as education and health. It offers access to social associations that provide assistance and shared beliefs and ambitions. Social networks can eliminate most of the communication obstacles and develop a sense of dependence among people, an occurrence referred to as social capital. Nevertheless, strong cultural identity articulated in an inappropriate manner can create barriers between cultural groups. In such situations, affiliates of smaller cultural groups can consider themselves expelled from society if others impede, or are prejudiced of their cultural lifestyles.
Preservation of the cultural heritage and identity entails activities related to preserving literature, museum, or archival materials in their initial physical form or a different format. The protection of cultural assets is done through efforts that diminish physical and chemical corrosion and avert loss of any information. The main objective of preservation is to extend the survival of cultural identity. A heritage entails customary artifacts, cultural ruins and statues of the ancestors that were preserved for several years for future generations to discover and learn about their background. By safeguarding the cultural identity from the early days of servitude, colonialism to the current times, these efforts will contribute significantly towards explaining the rich social, educational, cultural and political values to future generations.
Preserving the cultural identity is crucial, as it is an expression of the freedom of expression and principles. It is a fundamental right that must be awarded the necessary respect and permitted to thrive. All people should strive to protect their cultural identity aggressively, efficiently, and explicitly because while because most of the conservation stakeholders have concentrated on the physical features and largely ignored the cultural and historical heritage. This has left cultural identities at the mercy of modernization that aims at eroding and diluting most of the cultural practices, symbols and materials.