Collaboration – Strength in Unity


Strength in Unity

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek

These words have echoed through time. Now perhaps more than ever do we require a sense of unity with our fellow-man. Before I go too far into this post I want to clarify what I mean by unity.

Unity – To understand and appreciate that each person is a vital part of a greater whole without compromising their right to individuality.

There, now that is out-of-the-way. The power of unity has been illustrated for us so many times throughout nature. For man to miss the value of this message seems like it requires a constant effort of denial. Which is almost true…..almost.

“Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God.”

Sai Baba

For many different reasons in our lives we have been taught to stereotype, profile and segregate. In the past it was necessary for survival and served an evolutionary function. Today this mechanism is not only unnecessary but also very dangerous. The age-old idea of divide and conquer still rings true.

The world seems to be polluted with pain and suffering on such a global scale that you would think it could be heard in space. Our tears combined would make an ocean for our boats of sorrow to get lost upon forever. We are the most powerful force on this planet and yet we spectate the dismantling of this beautiful existence we have created together.


I’ll try to keep my tin foil hat theories aside and comment on the direct issue at hand.

“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This man speaks very concisely on the relevance of this issue more than a hundred years ago. It is safe to say that if he was able to recognize the destructive nature of this characteristic then it has only gotten worse and caused more damage since then.

Disunited with himself? What does that mean though?

My interpretation is that man so has divided the whole into so many parts that he no longer sees the whole organism that he and all other men belong to. When looking at the last sentence man is disunited with himself, I see the self as being the greater essence of man, a greater consciousness.

I know this sounds like hippie mumbo jumbo, of course it is. Does that make it any less valid? Nope, when we take away all of the little differences there are so many similarities between all of the people on this planet. When does your race, gender, culture, sexual preference or anything else define your ability to feel emotions? Never! So why would we allow ourselves to believe it to be true about others?

I believe there are two separate reasons for this.

First, it is very easy for us to consider the feelings of others when we never have to know them in person. What I mean by this is that labeling individuals puts them into a neat little category that allows you to make assumptions about them without ever taking the time to find out the truth. So through that process we are removing the person and replacing them with a word that is supposedly a way to accurately describe them.

Hmm something seems funny about this. When you look at an apple you can say it is a fruit but does that accurately describe it? Of course that simple description is correct but it does not provide any more information about the apple, such as the color, the flavor, the size, or any of its unique characteristics like whether it has bruises or holes. Do you see the point I am trying to make?

Second, when we look at other people as being similar to ourselves it occasionally makes us uncomfortable. When we see people who represent certain characteristics that we do not like about ourselves then we try to quickly disassociate from them in hopes of denying our reflection. Truth be told no one likes to look at their less desirable characteristics but when you can start to accept them in others it becomes easier for you to change them in yourself.

Have you ever noticed that it is much easier for you help someone with their problems then solve your own? I believe this is due to you being somewhat emotionally removed from them. Once you start helping others then you can start seeing the similarities between your problems and theirs. This experience will help you dissect your own issues to a more manageable size that can be easily digested.

In my life I have had the immense privilege of working within so many roles that my perspective on the abilities of others is not limited by anything other than willingness to work.  What this has provided is a unique opportunity for me to notice the parallels between myself and a wide array of people. Once you get to know the man in the mirror then there is nothing that you can’t overcome and your ability to change only requires an open mind.

More importantly than that you start to appreciate the genius of others and apply it in your own life. The term genius seems to be inappropriately reserved for those of high intellect. If you start to look you will see that there are so many every day geniuses in your life that it’s almost as though they have all been placed there to teach you a specific lesson. These lessons are only limited by your ability to learn them and can be seen when working in collaboration with others.

“Where there is unity there is always victory.”
Publilius Syrus

Collaboration is the art of allowing others perspectives to illuminate the areas of a problem your’s is not able to. So when you get multiple perspectives on a larger problem each person can take their area of confidence and reduce the large to smaller portions. The greatest example we have been provided on this in nature is our hard-working insect friends like ants or bees. They are some of tiniest little creatures on this planet but have an awesome ability to get incredible amounts of work done.

If we could take a lesson or two from these little collaborators then we will quickly see there is nothing we can’t do. So let’s try to put our differences aside and work towards recognizing the greatness within everyone. Then we can create a world that reflects the beautiful potential that our very existence is constantly trying to remind us of.

Just realize that collaboration is recognizing the strength in unity. Then all of these global problems we face today will start to become manageable when we take them on from an angle of global unity.

As always you are worth MORE THAN GOLD.



About sardeneaux

Raised as a preacher's kid for most of his adolescence, Sam is a young man who has come value LOVE and AUTHENTICITY more than anything else. Through the creation of MoreThanGold he hopes to provide a space for personal growth that will inspire others to remember their true worth.

Posted on November 20, 2013, in Reflections, Sam and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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