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Intelligent, reasonable men of good will SHOULD be able to agree on things that matter.

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to
  one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau
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So fragmentation is in essence a confusion around the question of difference and sameness (or one-ness), but the clear perception of these categories is necessary in every phase of life.  To be confused about what is different and what is not, is to be confused about everything.  Thus, it is not an accident that our fragmentary form of thought is leading to such a widespread range of crises, social, political, economic, ecological, psychological, etc., in the individual and in society as a whole. - David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1980, page 16

Updated: 01/21/2020

In recent decades, much ado has been made over unity, but little to nothing has come of it. The USA is almost hopelessly fractured and polarized culturally, politically and religiously and nothing much has come from the ecumenical cry for unity except holding hands and singing songs. That is merely "feel good" unity, not effective unity. Is there a deeper, more fundamental problem that prevents unity even when it is ardently desired?

In what is necessary, unity; in what is not necessary,
liberty and in all things charity.
- Saint Augustine

The problem may be characterized this way. Real, effective unity requires unity of purpose, values, and of our paradigm or our framework for our understanding of reality. This is unity on the belief level, and there are many reasons why we don't seek that:

  1. We don't think it is possible or think it is too difficult or hopeless within the existing cacophony of confusion.
  2. It threatens our wounded egos to think others have better beliefs than we do.
  3. We equate a high level of unity with mind control or oppression, and fear the strongest mind will prevail.
  4. We sometimes think that unity on the belief level will stifle or negate individuality.
  5. We think that it will require us to abdicate personal sovereignty
  6. We equate our belief system with our self identity, and wouldn't want to give up our personally cherished beliefs.
  7. We unconsciously know that effective unity will eliminate the drama to which we are all addicted.
  8. We don't really see that much of anything will come of it even if achieved.
  9. Too many times, calls for unity are disguised  pitches for power and control.
  10. Too many times, calls for unity are disguises for pressure to agree with the caller, and not unity on a deep level of understanding and enlightenment.
  11. Too many times, calls for unity are disguises for the caller's unwillingness to challenge his own personal beliefs in these important areas.
  12. We can't imagine a majority that wouldn't oppress the minority in such important issues.

At the end of the day however, effective unity of purpose, values and paradigm is ESSENTIAL for peace and goodwill to flourish in human affairs and to engender great societies. BUT all this efficacy is ENTIRELY predicated upon unity in the TRUTH! And that IS what God is calling for! Living freely, happily and flourishing forever in eternity would be impossible without this level of unity.

You are free to do what you want, but you are
not free to want what you want.
- Schopenhauer

Every human being has a natural, intrinsic and legitimate desire for spiritual unity of purpose, values, and paradigm with other humans.

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