UNITY IN DIVERSITY (Latin: unitas in varetite) is a political motto advocating federalism or multiculturalism . The phrase is a deliberate oxymoron , the rhetorical combination of two antonyms, unitas "unity, oneness" and varietas "variety, variousness".
The phrase can be traced to
HISTORY OF USAGE
In 1938, in his book The World Order of Bahá\'u\'lláh , Shoghi Effendi , the Guardian of the Baha\'i Faith , said that "unity in diversity" was the "watchword" for the religion.
Adélard Godbout , while Premier of Quebec, published an article entitled "Canada: Unity in Diversity" (1943) in the Council on Foreign Relations journal. He asked,
“ How does the dual relationship of the French Canadians make them an element of strength and order, and therefore of unity, in our joint civilization, which necessarily includes not only Canada and the British Commonwealth of Nations, but also the United States, the Latin republics of America and liberated France? ”
The phrase has since become somewhat of a staple of Canadian multiculturalism in general. The phrase was invoked in the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar at Wilfrid Laurier University in the 1970s. Ervin Laszlo presented his paper entitled "Framework for a General Systems Theory of World Order" (1974) as one of the first seminar Papers that led to the establishment of the IRS in 1975. The motto of the province of Saskatchewan , adopted in 1986, is a variation, Multis e gentibus vires (from many peoples, strength).
In 2000, the