tDivide and conquer. It’s an age old strategy that still works. With so many differences in the world, it’s easy to focus on what separates us and keeps us apart. But truthfully, there is so much transformative power in discovering our commonalities. It’s only through understanding and gaining the assurance of our oneness that we are even comfortable making allowances for our many differences.
Think about it…Individuals who exhibit little to no prejudice tend to be
ultra aware of the realities of our common humanity. People who are
happily married are typically sound in their union and as a result make
tremendous allowances for their partner’s individuality. Even in other
close bonds of kinship, faith, or beloved friendship, there is a
solidarity that anchors these types of relationships through so many of
life’s challenges. It is only when we approach life from the perspective
of opposition—obsessing over and magnifying differences, that division
prevails and momentum is lost.
While there is nothing wrong with identifying and even celebrating
distinction, originality, and diversity, in a world where we are
constantly reminded of what separates us from each other, we owe it to
ourselves to protect the sacred unanimity we share with others in so
many facets of life. Because just like there is ‘divide and conquer’,
there is another equally powerful age old philosophy that still works
“where there is unity there is strength”.