Yesterday was recognized globally as International Human Solidarity Day, a United Nations observance meant to encourage people of every ethnic, linguistic, cultural, political and religious background to dedicate themselves to unity to solve the world’s great problems.
The observance falls days before many across the globe celebrate Christmas, a time that heralds the virtue of peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.
Here in The Bahamas, one of our most critical needs is that of unity, the lack of which being at the heart of why the nation has yet to realize its full potential.
In our homes, unity is needed to build strong families that stand ready to meet the ever-changing challenges households face.
A unified home where parents and children know the family vision and how to bring it to fruition, provides a robust framework for protection against key social ills and provides the kind of stability that produces self-confident and focused young adults.
In our churches, unity is needed if congregations hope to find tangibility in the promises preached from pulpits across the archipelago.
Unified churches, both within and across denominational lines, aid in identifying critical needs within congregations and neighborhoods, and they make ready the hands necessary to bring the gift of help and hope to the hurting.
In our workplaces, unity is needed if a company’s goals and objectives are to have a reasonable chance of being met.
Unified workplaces require competent, compassionate management able to effectively communicate to a willing staff the path to success and how they best fit into that path.
An atmosphere of unity in the workplace is conducive to higher levels of productivity.
And in government, unity is critical to steer the ship of state on the right course and to stay the course until destinations of growth and advancement for the masses are safely reached.
It is often said in the society that far too many are more readily inclined to tear down one another than to lift him or her up.
The reasons for this social dynamic are varied and complex, though they do not justify the dilemma.
When discussions are raised about what The Bahamas needs most to improve its standing in the world and the condition of citizenry, economic diversity, access to modern technology and improved educational standards top the list.
These are all indeed important.
But if we are a people who refuse to work together, in the end, the effect would be pouring the nation’s gains and acquisitions into a bucket with holes.
When the Scriptures say “love covers a multitude of sins”, the import thereof is that love for one another can solve problems no man-made invention can easily fix.
We demonstrate that love when we commit ourselves to standing shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand with our brother and sister – recognizing that your brother or sister does not need to have the same skin tone, social standing, political or religious affiliation or nationality as you to be worthy of your commitment to stand together.
We need one another to make this country better for us all.
As we prepare in a few days’ time to celebrate the gift of hope and the promise of mankind’s salvation through the birth of Christ, let us strive to make the upcoming year and beyond an era of effectually recognizing that unity is The Bahamas’ salvation.