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Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilisation, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race.
E Pluribus Unum
—Seal of the United States
It seems we have plenty of pluribus, but not much unum.
It behoveth the sovereigns of the world...to take counsel together and to adopt one of the existing languages or a new one to be taught to children in schools throughout the world.... Thus the whole earth will come to be regarded as one country.
I am not an Athenian, or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
My country is the world, all men are my brethren and my religion is to do good.
— Thomas Paine
...we view the world as one society embracing all of humanity in all its diversity.
—World Federalist Movement
Every child over ten sitting at a computer going "online" knows it's one world....
One world or none.... Today the citizen can only save his home, and his country, by helping to save mankind.
Throughout history whenever different groups have come into contact, they have interbred. The continued sharing of genetic materials has maintained all of humankind as a single species.
—The American Anthropological Association
BULWORTH: Everybody just gotta keep f—n’ everybody 'til they're all the same color.
—Warren Beatty and Jeremy Pikser
I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.
Nationalism...is our insanity. "Patriotism" is its cult. ...by "patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity....
It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
—Arthur C. Clarke
By the 1970s..., [a] consensus...developed among anthropologists and geneticists that race as the previous generation had known it—as largely discrete, geographically distinct, gene pools—did not exist.
For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.
I would like to see us overcome our tribal divisions and begin to think and act as if we were one family. That would be real globalisation…
—Arthur C. Clarke
Many tribes refer to themselves with their language's word for "people”.... This fact is often cited as evidence that tribal peoples saw only the members of their own tribe as "people," and denigrated all others as something less.
Deep-seated preferences cannot be argued about...and therefore, when differences are sufficiently far reaching, we try to kill the other man rather than let him have his way.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
What we need, then, is a New Bottom Line, one which judges institutions, corporations, legislation, social practices, health care, our educational and legal systems, and our social policies by how much love and compassion, kindness and generosity, and ethical and ecological sensitivity they inculcate within us....
—Rabbi Michael Lerner
.Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
...can we all get along? Can we get along?
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