Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Billy Joe Fudge: E pluribus unum
By Billy Joe Fudge
Opinions are personal viewpoint of the writer
Supreme Court Justice Thomas posed this interesting question recently, "We always talk about 'E Pluribus Unum,' what's our 'Unum' now?"
I'm not much of a Latin guy, among many other scholastic disciplines, but I do know that 'E Pluribus Unum' loosely translated is 'one out of many'.
This really got me to thinking about the culture and times which spawned our Constitution and associated documents, about many of the horrors we as 'one' have endured and about the current culture and times which precipitated Justice Thomas' question.
Without getting very deep, of course out of limited intellect rather than limited time, I would like to make a couple of statements.
Our founders knew the value of 'unity' because their very existence in every facet of life including the founding, formation and fueling of their new democratic republic, the United States of America depended upon it.
During the interim between our founding and today, 'E Pluribus Unum' has served us well. Churchill spoke of World War II as "our darkest hour" and there is indeed an argument to be made to support that statement. However, for us and our nation, the Civil War, may have been our "darkest hour". Yet, both "dark hours" were overcome by our Western culture's dogmatic adherence to, yes you guessed it, 'E Pluribus Unum'.
Today, there is much ado concerning diversity. We are all different, individually and collectively and our uniqueness is worthy of celebration. Each day, I celebrate our diversity and applaud those who celebrate it in any form. I think it is very healthy for us to remember who we are, from whence we came and what makes us who and what we are.
So, having said all that we get back to Justice Thomas' question, "...what's our 'Unum' now?" Today and from my personal observations I think, we seem to have lost many of our anchor 'Unums'; reverence and commitment to the principles laid out in our Constitution, religion, family, our collective culture and the value of 'one out of many'.
In summary and keeping it simple, "Diversity is important but unity is essential!"
This story was posted on 2017-11-04 19:55:00
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Letters and Reader Feedback:
Wants followup on findings of Youth Needs Assessment
Happy birthday to Kaylee Ann Whitaker
Jana Esch: Zebra 3D crosswalks would be easily achieved
Gary Rose: Tips when seeing suspected fake phone numbers
Stopping annoying telemarketers: saved recording for AG
Reader asks how telemarketers are faking with local numbers
Joyce Coomer: Treacherous Walking
Letter: Photo inspires a poem
Monarchs at Chance, KY photo: 'Painted with camera'
Comment on Shannon Sexton
View even more articles in topic Letters and Reader Feedback
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.