“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.”
– Michael Novak
Unity can never be imposed through forced conformity to the will of one person or one select group. Indeed, the right to find real unity through diversity of opinions is at the very center of the fight to gain and to keep American freedom. Must we still fight against forced conformity? Yes, always. The more you know, the more you know we need real change.
It is not unity when opposing ideas are censored. When homeowners are warned in the presence of an armed guard that we are unwelcome if we voice our concerns, we are being forced to an unacceptable conformity against homeowners’ interests. When notices of authorized events open to homeowners are barred from publication, we are being forced to an unacceptable conformity under a distorted standard of the good of the community. Real unity embraces diversity, with a passionate concern for homeowners’ choice to form our own opinions.
It is not unity when matters are blocked from the Board’s agenda. Particularly when those matters pertain to crucial rules that govern our community. Even more so when the health and safety of residents are involved. When one person controls the agenda to the exclusion of other proposed actions, we are being forced to an unacceptable conformity against the rights of the community. Real unity embraces diversity, without dictating what can or cannot be done.
It is not unity when any minority is ignored. Parliamentary procedure and common sense clearly protect the voice of any minority against rule by the self-interest of a single individual or select group, even if that group claims a majority. If even a single homeowner stands alone, we are being forced to an unacceptable conformity when we ignore any point of view. Real unity embraces diversity, without disrespecting the voice of any individual.
And there is no unity when homeowners are kept in the dark. When the only homeowners who are told about nominations from the floor are the few who attend homeowner meetings, there can exist no unity. When the only homeowners who find out that crucial changes to bylaws are being considered are those who have signed up for e-mail news, there can exist no unity. And when even community leaders are bypassed on critical decisions, there can exist no unity. Real unity embraces diversity, in an atmosphere of mutual trust.
Forced conformity can never fabricate unity. Real unity is found in harmony. Unity is not the same thing as “unison” – it is not constrained to a single note, not restricted to a single opinion, not bound by the will of a single person or a single select group. Harmony — different notes, alternative opinions, opposing points of view, recognizing and responsive to all homeowners. When one person imposes his will on homeowners to the exclusion of others, then that one person is the author of disunity.