In a world of interdependent peoples and nations the advantage of the part is best to be reached by the advantage of the whole, and . . . no lasting result can be achieved by any of the component parts if the general interests of the entity itself are neglected.

Shoghi Effendi, Promised Day is Come, p. vi

In such a climate, the community is transformed from being the mere sum of its parts to assuming a wholly new personality as an entity in which its members blend without losing their individual uniqueness.

Universal House of Justice, Unlocking the Power of Action, p.