Seeking New Solutions
July, 2004
Vol. 3, Number 7
Read Selections on
Leadership from the book,
World Diplomacy:
Leadership (four rules)
World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no. 10 - Oct., 2002)
Leadership(Criterion 1) World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no.11 - Nov., 2002)
Leadership(Criterion 2) World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no. 12 - Dec., 2002)
Leadership(Criterion 3) World Diplomacy
(vol. 2, no. 1 - Jan., 2003)
Leadership(Criterion 4) World Diplomacy
(vol. 2, no. 2 - Feb., 2003)
Other excerpts from the book
World Diplomacy:
World Diplomacy
(vol.1, no. 2 - Feb., 2002)
Hope for the Future
World Diplomacy
(vol. 1, no. 9 - Sept.,2002)


Archives 2003: Read previous monthly selections
(Vol. 2, No. 1)

Leadership Criterion 3: Leaders are dedicated to solve the problems of the planet

(Vol. 2, No. 2)

Leadership Criterion 4: Leaders create cooperation and hope.

(Vol. 2, No. 3)
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society — Part 1
(Vol. 2, No. 4)
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society — Part 2
(Vol. 2, No. 5)
Art and Politics
(Vol. 2, No. 6)
Living the Good Life
(Vol. 2, No. 7)
Core Values
(Vol. 2, No. 8)
The Tour de France — A
Sporting Model for Diplomacy
(Vol. 2, No. 9)
Teaching Teens — Part I
(Vol. 2, No. 10)
Teaching Teens — Part II
(Vol. 2, No. 11)
Moving Forward
(Vol. 2, No. 12)
Worls Peace in Less Than a Month?


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Global Consciousness VI

The Sense of Unity

Adapted from the book World Diplomacy by Richard Sidy
Chapter VIII, "Global Consciousness."

Unity is a basic law of nature. Life itself is the result of unity and it is sustained by unity. Socially, psychologically, and politically human life has evolved towards greater unity. Today we are living in a world where everything from environmental concerns to sports and entertainment is global, pushing the human consciousness to overcome the sense of selfishness and to view the individual as part of an interdependent whole. Nevertheless, unity continues to be one of the last frontiers as people struggle to overcome the barriers of personal identity and the sense of separateness that it produces. Greed, nationalism, ethnic, and religious separation are still used by leaders of self-centered consciousness to divide people and make them competitive and fearful, rather than cooperative. Those who create policies which seek domination - of others, of nature, of economy, of ideas - rather than unity, are the greatest threat to human culture and survival.

The sense of unity is an understanding of a shared purpose and shared welfare in which diversity serves to enrich rather than to divide. The sense of unity produces peace where all are working together to fulfill the physical, psychological and social needs which produce security, quality of life and progress. The sense of unity as a motivating force for human values and behavior is constructive. It is what created civilization in the first place and what now is behind all movements and organizations that promote peace and human welfare. Selfishness and self-serving ideologies and doctrines are behind the destructive forces of hatred and the desire for domination that produce chaos, insecurity, and human suffering.

Cohesiveness, integrity, and the sense of belonging are the result of the sense of unity. These are psychological prerequisites which start on an individual level and form the foundation for successful relationships. They make people feel confident and not threatened by differences. When people are unified within themselves they become contributing parts of integrated social units which are the building blocks of successful societies which in turn become the building blocks of a world characterized by cooperation and peace. This progression of the sense of unity from the individual to society when continuing to humanity and to the natural world may produce individuals who see themselves as world citizens motivated to protect and nourish all of life on our planet.

What we must demand of our leaders is that they set an example of the sense of unity through their policies and attitudes, and create the necessary conditions for every individual to develop the sense of unity. Only then may people be free of fear and realize their potentials as constructive members of a world at peace. This sense is that which produces love and is the main element which sustains life and well-being.

(For more on leadership and the characteristics of leaders who have global consciousness read the Leadership Series)

© 2004 Richard Sidy

<<Global Consciousness I: The Sense of Economy
<<Global Consciousness II: The Sense of Gratitude
<<Global Consciousness III: The Sense of Justice
<<Global Consciousness IV : The Sense of Beauty
<<Global Consciousness V : The Sense of Responsibility
<<Global Consciousness VI: The Sense of Unity
<<Global Consciousness VII: The Sense of the Sacred

Archives 2004
Read previous monthly selections
January: (Vol. 3, No. 1)
The Four Freedoms
February: (Vol. 3, No. 2)
Global Consciousness I
March: (Vol. 3, No. 3)
Global Consciousness II
April: (Vol. 3, No. 4)
Global Consciousness III
May: (Vol. 3, No. 5)
Global Consciousness IV
June: (Vol. 3, No. 6)
Global Consciousness V
July: (Vol. 3, No. 7)
Global Consciousness V
August: (Vol. 3, No. 8)
Global Consciousness V
September: (Vol. 3, No. 9)
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
October: (Vol. 3, No. 10)
Bullies in Our Political Culture
November: (Vol. 3, No. 11)
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
December: (Vol. 3, No. 12) Peace on Earth, Goodwill


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