The Internationalist Ideal as a Driving Force for Unification of Humanity

The idea of the unification of humanity is not strictly limited to the physical and vital attempts at conquest, control and amalgamation; rather, there is still the power of the internationalist ideal, in and of itself, taking hold of individuals who dedicate their efforts to the attempt to bring it about.  Early in the process, this ideal aligned itself with the socialist ideal which was making headway across Europe, but the World Wars and the subsequent resurgence of the nationalist sentiment seemed to block that path of development.  More recently, however, with the formation, after the Second World War of the United Nations, various institutions have developed to try to bring some kind of international order and process as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo:

“…there was at one time a possibility which seemed to be very suddenly and rapidly growing into something more, the emergence of a powerful party in all the advanced countries of the world pledged to internationalism, conscious of its necessity as a first condition for their other aims and more and more determined to give it precedence and to unite internationally to bring it about.”

“A World-State or else a close confederation of democratic peoples might be created with a common governing body for the decision of principles and for all generally important affairs or at least for all properly international affairs and problems; a common law of the nations might grow up and international courts to administer it and some kind of system of international police control to maintain and enforce it.  In this way, by the general victory of an idea, Socialist or other, seeking to organise humanity according to its own model or by any other yet unforeseen way, a sufficient formal unity might come into existence.”

The United Nations is not the only institution set up to try to bridge the needs of an international decision process and action capability.  There is the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the World Court, and the various issue-oriented summits, such as the climate summits, that have begun to build at least a skeleton framework for international cooperation, however rudimentary and imperfect they may be at this point.  These are signs that the idea is beginning to make its way into the mind of humanity and impact the way we look at solving what are clearly global issues.

Sri Aurobindo, The Ideal of Human Unity, Part Two, Chapter 33, Internationalism and Human Unity, pp. 289-290

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