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What is Unity?

A Follow up to  True Unity

What is unity?

Wikipedia describes unity as the following “Unity can denote a combining of all the parts, elements and individuals into an effective whole.”

Unity is not…
A warm feeling
Always seeing eye to eye
Doing the same thing the same way
An absence of different opinions

True unity can only work in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. It retains, utilizes, and respects the individuality of all the parts that make up the whole. In true unity differences are embraced even celebrated.

People can confuse “unity” with “unison” but there is a big and important difference.

Imagine an orchestra which is made up of many different instruments, for them to perform a symphony they must be in unity. If they were in unison they would all just play the same note at the same time. A symphony is made up of many melodies, harmonies, rhythms and sounds, each combining their own section as part of the whole.

For there to be unity there must be a recognition of the importance of the individual.

I believe that unity, true unity, requires the following environment to survive and thrive.

  1. Trust
  2. Mutual respect
  3. Acceptance of the importance of the individual
  4. Recognition that differences are embraced even celebrated
  5. Honest and open discussion (dialogue)
  6. investigation of all opposing views
  7. not ego lead (ego will destroy unity)
  8. Needs strong clearly stated vision

Just because two people are walking together in the same direction doesn’t mean they are in unity. They could just be walking in the same direction. Unity is a combining of purpose. Unity does not come from oneness of action but oneness of purpose.

True unity cannot be coerced, forced, or demanded. It must be mutual, where the other is more valued and that the vision is clear.

Paul S Allen

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