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
In recent decades, much has been made out of unity, but little 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?
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:
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. And it IS what God is calling for! Living happily and flourishing forever in eternity is impossible without this level of unity.
Every human being has a natural, intrinsic and legitimate desire for spiritual unity of purpose, values, and paradigm with other humans.