While Absolute Unity, or nonduality, has always been the nature of the eternal realm, dualities here in the temporal realm dominate, and are often seen as conflicting. How are these oppositions to be reconciled if we want to achieve the promise of harmony and world peace?
The good news is we have a built in pattern for accomplishing just this. Opposites confront each other, creating a purposeful tension (muddle), which calls for a “higher synthesis” (resolution), ultimately bringing about transformation.
Oneness is inherent in the realm of Divinity, but intended in the temporal realm. This potential, or capacity, is achieved through the on-going process of transformation over time, leading to greater and greater levels of unity in diversity.
Unity in diversity in the natural realm is the general rule, why not in the world of humanity? Unity in diversity is spiritual unity; it is an expression of the principle of the oneness of humanity, honoring all the natural forms of difference that will continue to exist within the human family, while allowing them to enrich us all.
Only because humanity struggles with such a multiplicity of identities (ethnicity, skin color, class, ideology, nationality, family, occupation, appearance, age, sexuality, physical ability, height, weight, religion) are there inequalities and prejudices, which lead ultimately to racism, genocide, and war.
Moving toward harmony, peace, and unity requires transcending these limiting identities and focusing instead on our eternal, spiritual identity. This constitutes a transformation in itself, and ‘Abdu’l-Baha urges us to strive for this, when “all souls will become as one soul, and all hearts as one heart. Let all be set free from the multiple identities that were born of passion and desire, and… find a new way of life.”
This is what all the transformations that have ever been experienced have been leading to. The principle of the oneness of humanity, or unity in diversity, represents the higher synthesis, and resolution, of all the differences and oppositions found in this physical realm. It is the apex of spiritual principles, founded upon a love for humanity as a whole, and containing within it the idea of service to others.
Living into this consciousness, and practicing the principle of the oneness of humanity is essential for our collective survival, well-being, and fulfilment.