An example of what it looks like when people from all walks of life, ideologies, and ages walk in unity for a cause.
True unity does not come from oneness of action but oneness of purpose. Although 10,000 people were able to march to protect this core surgical service this would be just a small representation of the rest of the people who were not able to make it on the march.
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.
- Mutual respect
- Acceptance of the importance of the individual
- Recognition that differences are embraced even celebrated
- Honest and open discussion (dialogue)
- investigation of all opposing views
- not ego lead (ego will destroy unity)
- 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
In a world where there is so much need why does there exist rivalry between different agencies to meet the need?
Is it because of funding, ideologies, or worse power?
Where does unity fit into this, can it fit?
There are many great causes around the world whether it is poverty, injustice or health related, but there are also seemingly competing agencies or organizations that are competing to get the resources or the following required to be able to win the cause.
Unity does not come from oneness of action but oneness of purpose.
Each part plays its own role, as like the body, a hand is not better than the eye, or the ear better than the legs. All parts are important to achieve a unified life.
Each individual part may have its own function to play but it is only significant when it is part of the rest of the body.
Recognising that your organization is only part of a solution is important as it allows others to freely fill the gaps, perhaps where there are crossover areas collaboration should occur.
Indeed collaboration and partnerships are the sinews and ligaments that hold the body together.
In the fight to beat world poverty or hunger or even an environmentally friendly world, what we need is dialogue between agencies, governments, industry, and communities that while recognising differences can utilise each parts unique quality to build a better world.
The major hindrance to significance is ego. Significant change comes from an understanding that it is not about the individual but rather society; other rather than self; the next generations to come rather than “what’s in it for me”.
While it is right that someone should be in the coordinating leadership role, that person should be a servant whose purpose is to work to make sure that the cause is completed for the sake of all, not just for the glory.
Unity comes from recognising that differences are important and should be valued, celebrated, and that together doing our own special part we can see the cause won.