Unity over division
"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."
- Isaac Newton
In order to accomplish big feats, it takes many people working together toward common goals. Whether in business, government or academia, it's all about a group effort. It's how buildings get built, laws get passed and research gets published. It's all about collaborating together. Very little gets accomplished with an "every person for themselves" mentality. When we band together, that's when monumental stuff gets done.
The teamwork mentality does not always work, however. Even within teams or groups of like-minded individuals, disagreements happen. Not everyone is always going to be on the same page. Not everyone will agree on the best course of action. This is where understanding and compromise become so important. It should not matter whether it's at the office or at home, a little give and take is usually required to come to an agreement.
A little diplomacy can go a long way. This applies to any type of organization or group of people. Not everyone is going to get their way. Sometimes, the two sides are so far apart that any kind of compromise seems unattainable. It happens. Sometimes it's better to move on. However, if moving on is not an option, making a compromise and coming to an understanding is crucial in preventing a situation from getting worse. Being resistant to compromise and taking the stubborn approach might not be the best solution.
It should be in our nature to want to get along with others. Not everyone has the same access to their heart. Some hearts are riddled with scars and past trauma. Some people just choose to be mean. Some people intentionally choose division over unity. We cannot force people to compromise and choose a peaceful and amicable resolution. All we can do is choose to side with our hearts and seek some type of understanding and agreement. That is, of course, if we in fact choose unity over division.
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