Unity in diversity
So much of what we hear today creates separation and polarisation rather than seeking unity. Often we get confused by the notion of unity, seeing it as some form of homogeneity where individual difference is lost but in truth that’s uniformity and that, for sure, is very dangerous.
Our world is built on the principles of diversity AND unity. It’s the desire for control or efficiency that seeks uniformity as it’s more reproducible and more consistent. Unity in diversity however is much harder to achieve. It requires that we move from either/or mindset to and/and mindset. For example, it’s OK for me to have a completely different viewpoint or belief to my friend or work colleague and still seek to find a point of synthesis and unity between us.
That unity is possible if we create a foundational level of connection between us – love. Love for each other as human beings, as living entities, ‘sisters and brothers’. When we start to view each other through this lens we can agree to disagree and still work toward finding harmony in the conflict – we can commit ourselves to a higher goal than solely protecting our individual views. We can use our perspective as a stepping-stone toward a higher outcome by being curious and open to something bigger.