Unity in diversity

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Unity in diversity in various languages
Afrikaans eenheid in diversiteit[1]
Arabic الوحدة في التنوع[1]
Bengali বৈচিত্র্যের মধ্যে ঐক্য (Boichitrer moddhe Oikyo)
Bulgarian Единство в многообразието[2]
Chinese 多样性中的统一性[1]
Croatian Jedinstvo u različitosti[2]
Czech Jednotná v rozmanitosti[2]
Danish Forenet i mangfoldighed[2]
Dutch In verscheidenheid verenigd[2]
English Unity in diversity, EU United in diversity[2]
Estonian Ühinenud mitmekesisuses[2]
Farsi وحدت در کثرت[1]
Tagalog Pagkakaisa sa pagkakaiba-iba
Finnish Moninaisuudessaan yhtenäinen[2]
French Unis dans la diversité[2]
German In Vielfalt geeint[2]
Greek Ενωμένοι στην πολυμορφία[2]
Hebrew יחידות במגוון (Yechidut baMigvan)
Hindi विविधता में एकता (Vividhtaa mein Ektaa)
Hungarian Egység a sokféleségben[2]
Irish Aontaithe san éagsúlacht[3]
Indonesian Persatuan dalam Perbedaan
Italian Uniti nella diversità[3]
Kannada ವಿವಿಧತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಏಕತೆ Vividhateyalli Ekate
Korean 다양성 속의 통일성[1]
Latvian Vienoti daudzveidībā[3]
Lithuanian Suvienijusi įvairovę[3]
Malayalam നാനാത്വത്തില്‍ ഏകത്വം[1]
Maltese Magħquda fid-diversità[3]
Nepali अनेकतामा एकता (Anekataama Ekataa)
Old Javanese Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Indonesian motto
Polish Zjednoczeni w różnorodności[3]
Portuguese Unidade na diversidade[3]
Romanian Unitate în diversitate[3]
Russian Единство в многообразии[1]
Scots Unitit in diversitie
Slovak Zjednotení v rozmanitosti[3]
Slovene Združeni v različnosti[3]
Spanish Unidad en la diversidad
Swedish Förenade i mångfalden[3]
Tamil வேற்றுமையில் ஒற்றுமை[1]
Telugu భిన్నత్వం లో ఏకత్వం[1]
Ukrainian Єдність у різноманітті[1],Єдиість у відмінності[4]
Urdu اختلاف میں اتحاد Iḵẖtilāf meṉ ittiḥād[1]
Vietnamese Thống nhất trong đa dạng[1]
Venetian L’unità in te la diversità[4]
Võro Ütisüs kirivüse seen[4]
Wallonian L'unitè ol divêrsitè[4]

Unity in diversity (also commonly rendered as united in diversity) is a concept of "unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation"[5] that shifts focus from unity based on a mere tolerance of physical, cultural, linguistic, social, religious, political, ideological and/or psychological differences towards a more complex unity based on an understanding that difference enriches human interactions.

"Unity in diversity" is a popular motto within and among nation states, and also in political and social movements.

The idea and related phrase is very old and dates back to ancient times in both Western and Eastern Old World cultures. The concept of unity in diversity was used "in non-Western cultures such as indigenous peoples in North America and Taoist societies in 400-500 B.C.E. In pre-modern Western culture it has been implicit in the organic conceptions of the universe that have been manifest since the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations through medieval Europe and into the Romantic era."[5]

Examples of usage[edit]

Bahá'í Faith (1938)[edit]

In 1938, in his book The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh,[6] Shoghi Effendi, then head of the Baha'i Faith, said that "unity in diversity" was the "watchword" for the religion.[7]

Canada[edit]

Adélard Godbout, while Premier of Quebec, published an article entitled "Canada: Unity in Diversity" (1943) in the Council on Foreign Relations journal. He asked,[8]

How does the dual relationship of the French Canadians make them an element of strength and order, and therefore of unity, in our joint civilization, which necessarily includes not only Canada and the British Commonwealth of Nations, but also the United States, the Latin republics of America and liberated France?

The motto of the province of Saskatchewan, adopted in 1986, is a variation, Multis e gentibus vires (from many peoples, strength).

Unity in Diversity: Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (1977)[edit]

The term was used by a group of academics who formed the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar at Wilfred Laurier University with a sense of community in mind (p. xvi) working to develop practical wisdom through interdisciplinary activity as opposed to the trend towards fragmentation and ever narrowing specializations in academia. Ervin Laszlo presented his paper entitled "Framework for a General Systems Theory of World Order" (1974) as one the first seminar Papers that led to the establishment of the IRS in 1975.[9]

South Africa (1981)[edit]

When the Apartheid of Republic of South Africa celebrated 20 years of independence on 31 May 1981, the theme of the celebrations was "unity in diversity" as a cynical attempt to explain away the inequalities in South African life. Anti-apartheid campaigners opposed these celebrations and called on runners of the Comrades Marathon to protest at the co-option of the event by wearing a black armband. The winner of the race, Bruce Fordyce, was one of those wearing a black armband.Template:Sen

Michael Novak (1983)[edit]

Michael Novak wrote,[10]

Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilization, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust.

European Union (2000)[edit]

In 2000, the European Union adopted 'United in Diversity' (Latin: In varietate concordia) as official Motto, a reference to the many and diverse member states of the Union in terms of culture. Apart from its English form, the European Union's motto is also official in 22 other languages. "Unity in diversity" was selected in through a competition process involving students from member nations. According to the European Commission: European Union official website[2]

The motto means that, via the EU, Europeans are united in working together for peace and prosperity, and that the many different cultures, traditions and languages in Europe are a positive asset for the continent.

Other nation-states[edit]

It is also the motto of the nations of Indonesia (see Bhinneka Tunggal Ika), Papua New Guinea and South Africa.

Commercial[edit]

House of Blues performance venues have an emblem at the top of the stage with several religious symbols, and the phrase "Unity in Diversity."

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