So powerful is the light of unity

In these troubling times it is important to remember the importance of togetherness. So many people across the world have been without the things they want, need, and love; whether that be a person, a possession, or a passion, so many people have had to make some very difficult sacrifices to survive the plight of SARS-CoV-2, better known as Covid-19. The simple things such as visiting family and friends, be that at their house or in a pub were quickly highlighted as things that we have come to take for granted; even the simple action of opening a door or shaking someone’s hand became questionable actions. The world was shaken by an unprecedented occurrence for which we as a species simply were not ready.

We need only to look to the west to see how divisive something as innocuous as a face mask can be, be that from a personal or scientific perspective, it has proven to polarise even the most liberal of the world. Antonio Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, describes our current times as a war against the disease, and further advises that now is the time for unity…to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences. It could not be a more valid statement, particularly as we as rugby fans turn to our clubs in anxious desperation in hope of flooding through the stadium gates once more.

In any situation, there can be differences of opinions on how to achieve a common goal, and history has taught us that failure to work together can have more devastating results that the issue itself. Variety and diversity allow a power to be harnessed like no other, so let’s not forget the old maxim that two heads are better than one which could be interpreted as many ideas allow for a better solution.

It is now that rugby fans need to build bridges and not barriers. To work together, not against each other; much like the organs of a body – different functions all working towards the common goal of survival. Rugby may be in need of a lifeline, and it is the support of the fans, however one chooses to display and portray their support, that keeps it alive. So it is up to us to reach out into our community, work together to achieve common goals, from different and exciting new avenues, with new found passion and drive which will see hands held high clasping a beer in our beloved Cardiff Arms Park once more.

For as the Baha’i have said:

it behoveth mankind to adhere tenaciously unto that which will promote fellowship, kindness, and unity;’

so, wherever you choose to stand, sit, or cheer pitch-side at the Cardiff Arms Park, stand tall, sit tight, and cheer loud, for our region deserves it, revels in it, and can’t survive without it.

So powerful is the light of unity that it can light up the entire world.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and above all else, love the blues!