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Human Unity for a Sustainable Peace

Human Unity; Between Myth and Reality

All intelligent people today have some understanding of the need for the spirit of unity in human affairs. It alone enables us to meet the great global challenges such as the pollution of the natural environment and the unjust inequality between people of different races, creed and countries.

Discussion on human unity, which seemed a mere myth at the time of the ancient Greek philosophers, appears to be more of an achievable reality in the recent years. Formation of the UN, conversion of the Olympic Games from a national Greek game to an international sports competition and the European Union are just some examples of our way towards a global unity.

Science is helping man with material comforts through her golden inventions. Science has provided the man of our age with the power of global communication enabling us for numerous ecumenical and international seminars and dialogues between all nations and cultures.

The ideal of human unity has never appeared so close to realization, but paradoxically the closer we come to it, the more it seems to elude us. Is it not ironic that with the increase in the rate of divorce we are still ambitious for a global human unity?!

We speak of globalization and at the same time we deplore the dangers of uniformity and allied groups.

It was by scientific means that our planet earth turned to a global village or even a global bedroom, an ideal module to gain human unity with. But we now know that science can be misused as it has been and hence be more destructive to human unity. Mobile phones initially brought family members more in touch, but the misuse of the same technology has now torn them apart.

We should therefore bear in mind that not just any type of unification of human society can provide sustainable peace and success for all. For instance, when the UN was formed after World War II its primary purpose was to maintain world peace and cooperation. Nothing could be further from reality. The UN today is no more than a legal lever in the hands of the so-called superior countries that enjoy the privilege of the right of veto against their opponents.

Human unity as advocated by the power blocks of today’s rich countries aims more at the exploitation of natural resources on the one hand, and enormously creating further global customers on the other. Therefore, a mere human unification may not necessarily provide a global sustainable peace. As I shall propose, human unity can only cultivate a sustainable peace if the hearts of humans- not their bodies or worldly interests- are united based on justice under a divine guidance.