Unity in Diversity – A Way into Solidarity | Anekta May Ekta4 min read
Unity through digitalization: We are in the age of digitalization. Believe it or not, according to a recent survey on the use of technologies by the human has shown an incredibly large number, almost covering 4.5 billion people making it truly a ‘global village’. But in this era of communication how much have we come close to each other or how much unity do we practice with each other. In the modern world, solidarity has divine as well as a moral connection as it is believed that a person who practices solidarity always shapes self- interested actions so as to eliminate or effectively minimize any harm to others or in other words often chooses to shape self-interested actions so that they actually help others as well. Solidarity not only held the meaning of unity it also implies practice of mercy, communication, kindness, friendships, and a division less human society. In today’s world, we need to start practicing solidarity in a vast form. From Christianity to Hinduism, human religion and cultures have relinquished various ways to practice solidarity. Even we can take very simple yet strong steps to get the deeper meaning.
Don’t discriminate within people and treat everyone equally: We as human beings has thinking capacity which separates us from other living beings on earth. But as we get into the forms of societies we have come around terms of class, caste, gender or sexual orientation. If we overcome this ill-fated practices we will be able to see more into solidarity. It is mean to see and accept others as our neighbours, to be determined and committed to the common good and to remember we are responsible for each other as one, big family. We are interdependent – asking for and receiving help is essential to live a peaceful and harmonious life.
Share your time with others: The virtual relations are increasing. We are becoming disconnected physically and mentally. Is someone close to you in need of help? Have you ever taken out time to listen to him or her? Sometimes the opportunity to help is closer to us than we think. Though life has taken a turn and now you have very less time to spend on the ‘unproductive’ works, do you ever tried to find out positive ways to make them feel better? When you start sharing a part of your busy time with someone who is in need of help it automatically created an impact of togetherness and love, which in a way leads to the unity.
Don’t take everything for granted: You have access to all means of resources and literally at an advanced stage than those who are deprived. As these means are not constant in life and there are people who are not in the state of easy access to these, we can make small changes in our daily routine can help us stay mindful and grateful for what we sometimes easily take for granted. Less wastage of food, water, electricity etc. can help to build the human connectivity in long term.
Conflict, Credit, and Control: Solidarity is based on accountability and transparency. This means that we must find effective ways to predict and manage conflicts that often stem from issues of credit and control. We pledge to hold ourselves in a place of trusting each other and being accountable to one another in our solidarity practices. Rather than intriguing in others conflicting matters we must try to resolve the issues and ask them to have faith in humanity. This way we enhance their chances of practicing the fundamentals of solidarity.
Have mercy: Has that neighbourhood boy break your window glass by throwing a cricket ball? Are you in that typical mood of destroying his life so that he will never be able to play again? Think before doing. Is that the only way of reacting? The revenge can be the most satisfying action but that will cause more harm to the doer than the victim. Having mercy should not only be limited to your next door neighbour, but you can also extend your faith into the world in different ways. Supporting and helping to have a fair and generous life of everyone can be a very infinitesimal way of showing mercy but can be the most effective way of taking solidarity to the next level.
“No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world … I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity…” – Pope Francis