As I stated in my Concept in 60 Video, unity has always been a very interesting concept to me. It has managed to be a driving force throughout every generation and is extremely powerful. It seems as though that every generation has had a movement that has created an immense amount of unity. For example, civil rights, gay rights, and women’s rights. These movements all started a long time ago, but continue to be a prevalent part of our society. I have watched in my lifetime as these movements brought together millions of people. Unity is extremely powerful, and with that carries the power to create disunity. It’s no secret that this country is very disunited right now. It is easy to see this lack of unity when people come together for things like the women’s march. The opposition is made clear, and a solid divide between the two ideologies is put in place. When people unite together for a cause, they are often alienating themselves from another large group of people. That is why this concept of unity is very confusing for me. I don’t see how there could ever be such thing as unity. Unity really only means disunity and vice-versa.
I think that these causes are still really important to fight for but there needs to be an understanding about what is being created. Unity has the power to bring together millions of people but it also has the power to disunite millions of people. However, disunity is necessary. Conflicting viewpoints are needed in order to point out flaws in each other’s thinking. I think the media plays a large role in creating disunity among people. On news channels like CNN, they bring in people with completely opposing thinking and have them basically yell at each other for hours. This type of show is highlighting the lack of unity that we have and isn’t trying to facilitate productive conversations. The new problem that we face is being open to other people’s views. There are certain movements I strongly support, like the three listed above, but with each of those movements comes opposition and in order to understand each other we need to have thoughtful and productive conversations. The 60-second video I made briefly explaining my thoughts on this subject can be here.