Life is mostly unpredictable. We can be moving along a defined path one day, and then jump – or be pushed – onto another path the next. One of the greatest wonders of humankind is that you never know what changes tomorrow can bring, nor do you know the short or long term effects of the change.
The most drastic and effectual change is often the result of some type of unification: mergers in the business world, political coalitions, governmental alliances, and personal unions, for example. These can all happen over time, or in the blink of an eye, and all can both strengthen or ruin each side as a result. Some consolidations, connections, or for that matter, any types of unions, are brought on by inevitable circumstances and deliberate action; they are often easily conformable. Other unions can be fortuitous in nature, be brought on by indeterminate circumstance, and end up putting both sides at total odds. Change brought on as a result of bringing two sides together can be meaningless, but it can also result in either complete harmony or total destruction.
History, and probably your own life, provides endless examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly of unifications: Disney and Pixar, AOL and Time Warner, Exxon and Mobil, the Allied Powers of WWII, the US and the UK, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Romeo and Juliet, and Bonnie and Clyde, for example. Competitors can become partners, Enemies can become allies, strangers can come together to change the world as one, combined opportunity can evolve out of individual necessity, and lasting foundations can be built from cementing together the strong will and determination of opposing forces.
The often-unforeseen result of forming new relationships is the ability to create a new and impactful identity for the unified, but more importantly, a more evident and poignant identity for each party. Alliances can end up better characterizing the individual.
Whether success, progress, or prosperity happens as a result of unity or not, we need to remain open for the changes that tomorrow will bring, because even the changes that bring us together with others can end up defining who we are ourselves.
With that in mind, here are a few movie quotes about, “me, you, and us.”
“Youse guys!” Robert De Niro in Goodfellas
“I can’t do that. Can you do that? How can they do that? Who are those guys!?” Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
“I’m not perfect, but who are we kidding? Neither are you.” Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers
“We start becoming a team right now!” Kurt Russell in Miracle