I think one of the most important aspects of unity is having a common goal. I don’t think there is any real way to unify and connect a community based on commonalities because people are so unique and have so many different personality traits, but I think there is a way that we can create a community to which multitudes of people feel they belong to by creating a common goal. One of the ways to find this common goal is to learn about what the people who came before us untied over. I think that even though our technologies and methods have changed and advanced our common goals remain the same. Fo example, climate change is something that we have been working to combat since the 1950s when we developed the technology to measure our ozone layer and greenhouse gas emissions, but we’re still fighting to reduce it and control it more than 50 years later. So now that we as environmentalists have this common goal (fighting climate change) how do we come together to reach this goal?
I read a book once called “Surrounded by Idiots” by Thomas Erikson that talked about the 4 different personality groups. Erikson characterized each of these groups by colors: green, blue, red, and yellow. Each group has common personality traits and requires different ways of interacting with people outside of their color group. For example, although I am a rare mixture of all 4 of the color groups, I identify most with greens, which means I have the hardest time interacting with reds. In this book, Erikson discusses the ways that each of these groups can come together and work with each other to achieve a common goal. I think that recognizing that people interact with others differently and adapting how you should interact with them is the key to creating a community and unifying that community to achieve a common goal because we can’t work to achieve this common goal until we understand how to work with each other and recognizing that everyone is different.