The Quotidian, November 10, 2010 ~ Unity in Diversity

“Unity in Diversity” (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika) ~ Indonesian National Motto

According to Wikipedia, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” is loosely translated as “(Although) in pieces, yet One.” It is old Javanese, from the poem “Kakawin Sutasoma”, written by Mpu Tantular (circa 14th century). The poem is notable for promoting tolerance in an ethnically diverse country. 

[Source: NPR coverage of U.S. President Obama’s state visit to Indonesia. President Obama used the phrase in his remarks. Motto confirmed through use of Wikipedia and other information from Wikipedia, accessed November 10, 2010.]

Latest installment of “Did You Know?” feature: Did you know that variations on “unity in diversity” are the national mottoes for the European Union, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, and South Africas also? It is a key principle of the Baha’i faith. [Source: Wikipedia.]

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About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to The Quotidian, November 10, 2010 ~ Unity in Diversity

  1. I believe we can all find things/ideas/philosophies… that unite us and we should focus on those. Respect the differences and learn about them, but don’t focus on them.
    Write on!
    Carolyn

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