What is real unity? When we observe the human world, we find various collective expressions of unity therein.

For instance, man is distinguished from the animal by his degree or kingdom. This comprehensive distinction includes all of the posterity of Adam and constitutes one great household or human family, which might be considered the fundamental or physical unity of mankind.

Furthermore, a distinction exists between various groups of humankind according to lineage, each group forming a racial unity separate from the others. There is also the unity of tongue among those who use the same language as a means of communication; national unity where various peoples live under one form of government, such as French, German, British, etc.; and political unity, which conserves the civil rights of parties or factions of the same government.

All of these unities are imaginary and without real foundation, for no real result proceeds from them. The purpose of true unity is real and has divine outcomes.

From these limited unities mentioned, only limited outcomes proceed, whereas unlimited unity produces unlimited result. For instance, from the limited unity of race or nationality, the results at most are limited. It is like a family living alone and solitary; there are no unlimited or universal outcomes from it.

The unity that is productive of unlimited results is first a unity of mankind that recognizes that all are sheltered beneath the overshadowing glory of the All-Glorious, that all are servants of one God; for all breathe the same atmosphere, live upon the same earth, move beneath the same heavens, receive effulgence from the same sun and are under the protection of one God.

This is the greatest unity, and its results are lasting if humanity adheres to it, but mankind has hitherto violated it, adhering to sectarian or other limited unities, such as racial, patriotic or unity of self-interests; therefore, no great results have been forthcoming.

Nevertheless, it is certain that the radiance and favors of God are encompassing, minds have developed, perceptions have become acute, sciences and arts are widespread and capacity exists for the proclamation and promulgation of the real and ultimate unity of mankind, which will bring forth marvelous results.

It will reconcile all religions, make warring nations loving, cause hostile kinds to become friendly and bring peace and happiness to the human world. It will cement together the Orient and the Occident, remove forever the foundations of war and upraise the ensign of the greatest peace.

These limited unities are, therefore, signs of that great unity that will make all of the human family one by being productive of the attractions of conscience in mankind.

Another unity is the spiritual unity that emanates from the breaths of the Holy Spirit. This is greater than the unity of mankind. Human unity or solidarity might be likened to the body, whereas unity from the breaths of the Holy Spirit is the spirit animating the body.

This is perfect unity. This is the unity that existed among the disciples of Jesus Christ and bound together the prophets and holy Souls of the past. (From “The Promulgation of Universal Peace” as quoted in the book “The Power of Unity – Overcoming Racial Divisions, Rebuilding America”).

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Annette Reynolds has served in many capacities as a member of the Bahá’í Faith. She is the author of “Trudy and the Bahá’ís Spiritual Path in S.C.” and “Survivors Thrive: A view of the Battered Women’s Movement.” She is a member of the Morning News’ Faith & Values Advisory Board. Contact her and other board members at fvboard@florencenews.com.

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