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Unity in Diversity

The human spirit strives for peace and freedom while the body yearns for security. How can these be achieved in a competitive world where people follow leaders who say, "you are either with us or against us?" While that was an understandable rallying cry in the dark ages of religious, economic, and territorial tribalism and isolationism, it is an anti-survival curse in the modern age. Is it really possible that any one political, economic or religious viewpoint is the only right one? If so, life for so many in the world would be unfriendly, confusing and precarious, and contrary to the wisdom of revered teachers throughout history in every culture.

When we develop the consciousness of unity in diversity we will discover how rich we are, and also how much we share and owe to each other. Gratitude for those who have helped and enriched humanity charges our psyche with energy, with a positive outlook and optimism about the potential of human beings. When people develop such a state of mind they will not feel threatened by cultural, racial, or religious differences. They will not imprison themselves by fear or by the desire to dominate others. They will live with a sense of belonging to a human family who's differences are worth respecting and protecting.

Only diversity can insure our survival and tap the built-in wealth of our shared biological and cultural heritage. Humanity as a whole shares one territory, and shares a common fate. We are all threatened by the same "enemies" - environmental degradation, intolerance and hate, and small-minded leaders with faces pinched by fear or bloated by selfishness. Cultural, political and religious fanaticism threatens adaptation and peace in human society just as decreasing bio-diversity threatens eco-systems. Healthy natural systems depend on unity and diversity, and human-made systems are not exempt from the laws of nature. All diverse parts of a system must work together.

Unity in the context of problem solving is to stand together with a shared sense of purpose. The consciousness of unity promotes agreement on basic principles and on desired outcomes in terms of quality and purpose of life. These elements are the universal rights of peace, respect, and security, and the ethic of reciprocity. They are expressed in every world teaching in some form as the "Golden Rule." This consciousness also recognizes that diversity adds to human experience and that appreciation of uniqueness enhances life. We have the power to solve our common problems cooperatively if we choose to do so, using the full range of human individuality, experience, expertise, sensibilities and ideals. The common good is best served when human genius and ingenuity are used to promote unity with respect for diversity.

The extraordinary gift of creativity is the ability to use all we have for an unlimited variety of applications. For example, language can sing, explain, tell a story, be poetic or scientific. It can give comfort, build bridges, express love and thanksgiving. On the other hand, it can argue, lie, exaggerate, seduce and divide. The quality of life is decreased and put at risk only when some gift is used destructively and selfishly. All beneficial human art and invention have come from uniting diverse elements for a constructive purpose in order to improve life.

Human experience has been made richer by peoples of all cultures through their creativity. Music, dance, works of art, architecture and literature have brought pleasure and beauty. Philosophical writings by seekers of wisdom and by healers have brought insight and knowledge. Heroic acts have inspired greatness in others. All creativity and all ideas expressed by human beings belong to all human beings as our common heritage.

Who wants to live one's life in the self-made prison of isolation, fear and misunderstanding? The alternative is to embrace diversity as a source of making human society more enjoyable and fit for peace and unity. This requires that we forgive the negative legacy of selfishness and pain inflicted on each other in the past. When we realize that we are united in our global destiny, we may become wise co-builders of the future using the beneficial legacy that history has stockpiled in the diverse treasury of collective human experience and creative potential.

© 2005 Richard Sidy



Hope for the Future
Series on Leadership
Series on Global Consciousness
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?


Making Friends
Take Heart
To Our Youth






Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

Archives 2002: Vol. 1, Numbers 1-12
Read past articles including:
Hope for the Future
Six Part Series on Science and Religion
First Three Parts of the Series on Leadership
Archives 2003: Vol. 2, Numbers 1-12
Read past articles including:
Series on Leadership continued
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society

Art and Politics
Living the Good Life

Teaching Teens
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Archives 2004: Vol. 3, Numbers 1-12
Read past articles including:
Seven Part Series on Global Consciousness
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All
Poetry Diplomacy Science and Religion Teen Help
Archives 2002 Archives 2003 Archives 2004



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