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Rediscovering the Power of Unity

Rediscovering the Power of Unity

 

March 15, 2024

 

In the realm of political discourse, old slogans like "only the people save the people" and "the people united will never be defeated" echo through history with a revolutionary fervor. Yet, their significance transcends mere calls to rebellion; they embody a deeper ethos of collective action and civic responsibility.


At their core, these slogans implore us not only to be good citizens but also active participants in fostering social cohesion. In a world where dissent often challenges entrenched power structures, unity becomes a potent force for change. It means honoring agreements, upholding standards of excellence, and offering tangible solutions to societal challenges. It's about alleviating burdens rather than adding to them, about shouldering collective responsibilities to ease the load on our fellow citizens.

However, the erosion of cohesion over the past four decades has made dissent increasingly difficult. The rise of liberalization and individualization has atomized societies, fracturing the communal bonds that once held us together. In this fragmented landscape, voicing opposition and effecting meaningful change has become an uphill battle.


Yet, in the face of this disunity, there lies an opportunity to redefine our new social contract. We must forge new agreements between citizens and the state and amongst ourselves as fellow members of society. These agreements should outline how we support one another and how we collectively strive to be better citizens and stewards of our communities.

In essence, dissent and democracy are not antithetical; they are two sides of the same coin. True democracy thrives on dissent, the robust exchange of ideas, and the ability to challenge prevailing norms. However, this dissent must be grounded in a shared commitment to unity and collective progress.


As we steer the complexities of modern society, let us heed the lessons of history. Let us embrace dissent not as a threat but as a catalyst for positive change. And let us reaffirm our commitment to democracy by rekindling the spirit of unity that lies at its heart. Only through collective action can we truly fulfill the promise that "the people united will never be defeated."


Miguel Goede

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