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Value focus week 11: Unity and fellowship Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values

Change through Values

LOOKING into the nature of what unity and fellowship are all about, unity is internal whereas fellowship is external. Unity is the internal connection while fellowship is the act that is commonly expressed through the interaction of one to another. Fellowship, thus, is the manifestation of unity or otherwise the tool by which unity can be realized.

Taking, for example, a gathering to promote unity. Even if the people are in one location if they do not fellowship or communicate, unity is hardly achieved. On one hand, if they already have a consensus on one thing, they start to reciprocate in words or in any other means of which fellowship becomes the causal effect.

Unity, therefore, can be concluded as a life to live connection intensified by several unifying factors such as, among others, common purpose, agenda, mission, vision, goals, passion, desires, advocacy, thinking pattern, belief system, and interest. These interconnected lives are called corporate life. Consider the lesson from the history of the people in ancient civilization. They built a tower that reaches the heavens during the period when tower cranes, engineering and architecture technology are not yet prominently used as construction equipment and methods.

Because they were united, they were able to break the boundaries of limitations and the realm of impossibilities. Should their purpose been noble other than to build their names in the face of the earth, their infrastructure project could have completely materialized. The secret of their concerted efforts, strengths, and energy is one language characterized by different systems of communication yet with common understanding. This means that they aim at one thing together without any opposition.

In the same vein, our government, in cooperation with the private sectors, is in the business of building the moral infrastructure of our nation. Applying the same tool and ingredient for unity, we can build our nation through the same language called values. When we come into the same understanding, “building the nation through values” will become the norm.

This happens when no one speaks to the contrary or promote adverse objectives. A change shall become the talk of the town as it resonates in their hearts and minds. This is what it means by the term “common understanding” as the word change forms part of their nature and their life. As a natural consequence, people of the same nature work together in unity.

With our situation today, there is a need to pull our lives together, find strength with one another, and become stronger and stronger as a people. It should be a standard practice not only during epidemic, calamities, or disasters. We should not let our nation become divided simply because of diverse political affiliations and beliefs. It is time to unite as a nation. If one is aiming for change, we should altogether reinforce it. Divisive culture should be done with where programs and projects by past administration are not continued by the present administration. The fellowship is our means and unity is our end.


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