The Unity We Don’t See

Posted on February 23, 2019


Today, unity is an elusive concept, it would seem. Politically, racially, nationally and world wide, the trend of the moment is to define ourselves in narrower and narrower bands.

And there’s a logic to that. Cable television figured this out decades ago. Two hundred channels give far more scope for personal taste and expression than five.

The narrower we define ourselves, the more in common we have with those around us. There is genuine power in that.

But, progress would demand we find some path to unity beyond fear or sorrow. And from one perspective, you could say that is exactly the problem the world is struggling to work through right now.

Think of the 1960s in America. The country was rent by racism, sexism and toxic anger at members of the military. Unity seemed in short supply. But what came from that tension and upheaval? Tremendous gains in civil rights, women’s rights, and a radical shift in how citizens see those who serve in the military. Is that unity? Unity is not possible without justice and respect for all and that includes minorities and immigrants, women and service members and law enforcement people.

Today, progress would demand we find some path to unity. The United States and the world is struggling to work through the problems right now.

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