The BS Files are kinda like the X-files – full of myths and urban legends and mysterious things. I feel that it is my duty to tackle them (occasionally). Because, you know, the truth is out there.
Case #12. Unity requires uniformity. Bullsh*t!
Here’s what many believe: The only way we can be aligned is if we believe the same thing, act the same way, do the same thing, look the same, believe the same. In other words, the only way we can come together is if we are the same.
Oh, there is so much wrong with this! I always say that about a BS file, don’t I? Well there is…and I think it is even a bit dangerous.
First, the definition of unity means united, coming together, parts of a whole joining together into one thing or towards a common goal; being in harmony. Nothing about being identical. Here are two examples: a family – everyone isn’t the same, there are big differences between the individuals; and team sports – people play different positions, have different skills, yet they play together on the same team.
Secondly, uniformity is the antithesis of diversity, maybe even her enemy. Diversity is abundance of thinking, feeling, believing and experiencing. Diversity is multi-faceted.
Thirdly, nothing much gets done if we are distracted by struggling to become uniform. We spend a lot of time polishing the rough edges of difference down so that they don’t mar the shine, instead of celebrating the texture. We hang out only with those like ourselves. We lose the power of diversity (oh, and the power of numbers by the way!) It’s a McMansion neighborhood of thinking- where the differences are mere nuances. Is the window on the left or the right of the front door?
There was a brilliant original Star Trek. (I don’t say that too often, because I think the brilliance started with TNG, but my geekness is showing.) Anyway, in episode 15, there were these two mortal enemies – Lokai and Bele. One was black on the right side, white on the left, and the other guy was his mirror image. They were unwilling to give up their hate because of their “differences.” Everyone was annihilated.
Pretty relevant for today.
And dangerous? Well, if you believe that unity requires uniformity, then you have to be deathly afraid of diversity (hint: fear becoming hate). And because nothing much gets done. And because we miss the big picture – that we are all just people.
Here’s the thing. I know that you already know this stuff, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading my blog. I’m preaching to the choir here. But we all need to keep singing…
Wait, that’s the perfect metaphor – singing! Uniformity is unison. Just a melody. Not bad. But how much better is music with different voices and instruments, playing different notes and rhythms but with a unifying theme? So much better!
Truth: Diversity is required for unity, not uniformity.
And remember: in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
Foreshadowing: The colors are changing. Kind of like “winter is coming” but it won’t take years to get here.
Have a topic for the BS files? Let me know and I’ll give it a go!