I don’t think there are many instances of collective action or unitive consciousness that illustrate its principles better than the video, “We Are the World,” made by many performing artists, led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and gathered together in 1985 as “USA for Africa.”
The song sold more than 20 million copies and raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the U.S.
The idea came from activist and folk singer Harry Belafonte. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.
Just the sight of so many performers, of all backgrounds, singing together inspired to me to tears, I remember well. And I’m still moved listening to it.
Among other things, it demonstrates how different individuals bring their unique gifts to contribute to the success of the whole. The singers include: