Diverse societies may offer richer experiences and perhaps, higher creativity. Cities like Tokyo, New York and London are often held up as shining examples of how diversity can live alongside affluence. But diversity, in and of itself, does not guarantee a cosmopolitan society – especially when differences between groups go unresolved. Such issues were raised at Singapore’s National Day Rally 2009, where examples of inter-group tensions were spelt out. How can Singapore, with her multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious inhabitants, inculcate a wider appreciation for pluralism? And is it possible for groups that disagree fundamentally on contentious issues, to co-exist peacefully?
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