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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
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