The idea of global unity is an idea that challenges us to think on the large-scale of the globe as a whole. Thinking on this scale may cause us to consider how we are to effect peace and unity between political units like nations and their governments. And surely, if we have global unity as an ideal and a goal, then we must seek constructive and peaceful relations on the scale of geopolitics.

But global unity is not just a matter for governments to work out; we as individuals can enact unity on the scale of our personal relationships. In our interactions with the people in our daily lives – our partners, families, friends and coworkers – we can create the loving relations that are constitutive of our ideal of unity.

My life is my material for creating global unity; or, rather, our lives are our materials for creating global unity. In our own lives, we can increase the total sum of love on the globe by establishing loving relations with all the people around us. Now, that is an easy thing for me to write, and it is usually an easy thing for me to believe, but the actual practice of establishing and preserving loving relationships is not at all easy.

Love is not just a word or a sensation, it is also a continuously renewed activity, an ongoing practice. And seeking unity with others through our active practice of love is a very demanding pursuit, because the unity of a self and another involves making compromises, abandoning powerful grudges and, most difficult and most empowering, forgiving and being forgiven.

Anyone who has curbed the power of the self enough to ask forgiveness of another knows how challenging it is to preserve unified relationships – how challenging and how profound.

Each one of us occupies a small, living corner of the globe where we can embody global unity. “Global unity,” then, is not an abstraction and it is not a far-off goal for an idealized future. Global unity is an active, ongoing process that we can participate in every day by creating loving relationships in our daily lives.

Contributed by Nate Logsdon, President, Time for Peace